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16434 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 314 of them this year alone and, so far, 26 this month (May 9).

From This Moment On ...

May

Sat 18: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. Celebrating ‘10 years of the Jazz Jam!’. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston. A Late Shows event.
Sat 18: SH#RP Collective @ Holy Name Parish Church Hall, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. Bar available, BYO snacks. A Jesmond Community Festival event. All proceeds to Kabuyanda Charity (Ugandan health care).
Sat 18: Red Kites Jazz @ Staithes Café, Autumn Drive, Gateshead. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Alligator Gumbo @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 18: Papa G’s Amigos special summer Latin set @ The Schooner, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 9:00pm. Free.
Sat 18: Late Night Special with Ruth Lambert & special guests @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 10:00pm-midnight. £5.00. (booking essential). Lambert & surprise jam session guests from down the years.

Sun 19: BTS Trombone Day @ Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College, Durham University DH1 3LT. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free to British Trombone Society members (£10.00. & £5.00. to non-members). Recitals, workshops and mass blows.
Sun 19: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. £25.00. Tutor: Andrea Vicari. Enquiries: learning@jazz.coop.
Sun 19: Ransom Van @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 19: Andrea Vicari Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ the Crescent Club, Cullercoats. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 20: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:00-8:00pm. Free. Opus de Funk: Horace Silver.
Mon 20: Joe Steels-Ben Lawrence Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: The Doris Day Story @ Phoenix Theatre, Blyth. 7:30pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

How it all began (for me) by Ann Alex

When I first became interested in jazz in about 2007, a friend with very wide tastes in music compiled a CD for me as an introduction to jazz. So I thought I’d outline the tracks as a suggestion of what to play for someone new to jazz. It certainly worked for me.

1/ Blue Ortani -  Herbie Hancock  
A tune new to me, lots of flowing piano, but with a strong melody which never gets lost among the improvisation. My idea of ideal jazz.

2/ Stormy Weather -  Billie Holiday
Heartfelt singing, a lesson for all singers, it’s all been said already.

3/ Summertime - Booker T & The MGs (note to Lance, NOT SUNG) Featuring guitar, bass and B3 (I think) very effective, strong turnarounds at the end of each section. Great stuff.

4/ Autumn Leaves  - Stan Getz  Pleasing straightforward tenor sax.

5/ St James Infirmary - Jack Teagarden  This is big band swing with clapping and a male chorus which still manages to get the pathos of the song across. ‘Hush, hush, hush, darlin’ baby’ they sing.

6/ New Orleans Function -  Louis Armstrong  New Orleans funeral music, camped up to the hilt, amusing, clever trumpet/cornet (?), slow as they approach the graveyard them fast and rollicking as they leave to the tune of Oh Didn’t He Ramble.

7/ Body And Soul - Coleman Hawkins. Not sung, but I later had to learn the song so I had a head start despite the fact that the melody is only suggested. Featuring piano and tenor sax with a steady beat from the rest of the band.

8/ On Green Dolphin Street - Herbie Hancock, alternate version. Absolutely beautiful, superb improvisation played to a gentle repeated riff.

9/ Seven Minds - Jimmy Ponder  I’ve no idea who Jimmy Ponder is, but this is the CD’s longest track, involving guitar, keys, brushed drums, vibes, bass and clarinet, with the frontline instruments taking the tune in turn as expected, effective jazz.

10/ Danse Norvegienne - Django Reinhardt. A jazz version of a Grieg (?) composition, with clever guitar improvisations.

11/ Flamenco Sketches Miles Davis.  My introduction to Miles and cool jazz. Needs no comment for BSH readers, and others who – if any - don’t know this music should simply listen to it, and it really does have flamenco influences.

12/ Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet. I’ve loved this piece since childhood. Tricky 5/4 timing of course, and the drumming is fascinatingly unpredictable.
13/ Blue In Green - Miles Davis. Ditto track 11 above, without the flamenco.

14/ Run the Voodoo Down - Cassandra Wilson.  A marvellous piece of singing. I don’t know how she kept to the timing as there are no obvious leads from the band of guitar, sax, drums and bass, who do creepy ‘voodoo’ sounds. The spirited song is powerful ‘When it comes to makin’ music (travel, love) I’ll run the voodoo down’ she sings.

15/ Where Flamingos Fly - Gil Evans.  A delightfully singable tune from reeds and piano.

16/ I Put A Spell On You - Mica Paris.  A soul version rather than jazz, with an orchestra and rock style guitar solo. All stops out for the last chorus, a fitting finale to the CD.

A pretty good introduction to jazz, I thought. Personally, more vocal tracks would have made the listening even better, although I know that others will disagree, but still very enjoyable. Now start to plan your own mix tape/cd to persuade non-jazz people into the fold.

Ann Alex

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