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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Tuesday September 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Snake Davis @ Charts - January 13

Snake Davis (alto/tenor sax/flutes/vocal); Stu Collingwood (keys); Andy Champion (bass guitar); Paul Smith (drums).
(Review by Lance)

Charts was fuller than ever. It was as if the Tall Ships were moored outside! All 3 levels were occupied and food and drink were being downed as if it was going out of fashion. What wasn't going out of fashion was the music - no sir. 

Jazz never goes out of fashion, it just moves its borders in a multitude of directions - inside, outside, east coast, west coast, trad, modern, swing, bop, blues, new wave, olde style, smooth, fusion - confusion!


Snake Davis doesn't cover all of those genres but he tips his hat at a few - smooth being the one that has its nose in front. He's an excellent sax/flautist without being an out and out jazz man - him and Kenny G. Neither of them quite swing although, as sax players, they'd probably get the nod from Adolphe, who invented the damn thing - maybe more so than, say, Bird or Trane.

Snake doesn't float across the beat but tends to be a touch rigid and lacks the fluidity that signifies a great jazz musician. Having said that, he's a great player and, when he blows the blues, the growling earthy sound suggests that he's primed to burst from the commercial cage that he's trapped in - his bank manager no doubt will put  a stop to those primeval urges and he'll happily carry on down his merry way.

The support was superb Stu, Andy and Paul played to perfection. Andy doing things on bass guitar that were amazing, Paul reminded us that he is to drumming what his namesake is to socks whilst Stu was merely Stu which trumps a whole lot of jazz pianists.

I spoke to a couple of listeners - both hit the nail on the head.
"Say what you like, he puts bums on seats"
"As good a way as any to spend a Sunday afternoon."

Next week we're back to the normal jam session or, jazz social as they prefer - what's in a name? A jam is a conserve by any other name so don't conserve your talent but come and have a blow. 
Lance.
PS: The occasion was also to celebrate the "guvner's" mother's 90th birthday. She's been a fan of Snake since before he was born! We wish her the very best.

4 comments :

Ian Douglas (on F/b). said...

I didn't know he was on. A great soul saxophonist.

Patti said...

Pity you didn't look at the blog, Ian!

Piano Player said...

",,a touch rigid and lacks fluidity,,, really lance??

Lance said...

Just how I heard it. He's still a great player.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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