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Anat Fort: "In order to play and tour with people and spend a lot of time with them, you need to get along with them" - (DownBeat June 2019).


2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Sunday May 26



Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

More Jam - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free. Jam session with house trio.

Northern Monkey Brass Band - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 11:30am (street set) & 1:00pm stage set. Whitley Bay Carnival.

Somethin' Blue - Vesuvio, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. Tel: 01325 788564. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.

Geordie Jazz Man - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 5:30pm. £10.00. Screening of Abbie Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.

Gavin Lee: Reg Wall's New Orleans Ragtime Band - Shotton Colliery Officials Club, Shotton Colliery DH6 2JS. 5:30pm.


King Snake - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.



Back to Basics - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 6:15pm. Free. Set lists available, for details Facebook Darlington Jazz Club.

Federica Michisanti’s Trioness - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 260 3246. 8:15pm. £10.00 (£8.00 conc.). JNE.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Daniel John Martin with Swing Manouche @ The Black Swan - Feb 21

Daniel John Martin (violin, vocals, whistling); Mick Shoulder (guitar); Giles Strong (guitar); Paul Grainger (double bass)

A return visit by Daniel John Martin guarantees a Hot Club-plus occasion with the emphasis very much on the 'plus' element. To describe DJM as a virtuoso performer is like calling Lionel Messi a half-decent footballer. It is all but impossible to convey to those who've yet to hear the Paris-based violinist at a gig just how good he is. This Black Swan engagement, the second of five in the north east, attracted a number of new faces - little did they know what a treat lay in store!

The Anniversary Song (aka Waves of the Danube) opened the show, and it was a 'show' in the best sense of the word. The virtuosity almost casual, DJM clearly enjoys working with Swing Manouche. Mick Shoulder's outfit, now with a settled line-up, ensured that it was up to the mark with all bringing their A-game to the party. She hates California opined DJM, and so we got it - The Lady is a Tramp, that is - every bit as nonchalantly as Bobby Darin or any Rat Pack associate. Rhythm king Giles Strong occasionally stepped up to take a solo -  construction, technique, the whole package - none more so than on Tenderly.  

Bandleader Mick Shoulder literally shed blood. Four dropped picks during the evening failed to stop him in his tracks as he played on with bloodied fingers - a case of suffering for one's art! From time to time DJM sat on a high stool content to let Swing Manouche do its/their thing. Bassist Paul Grainger was on top form throughout taking a couple of solos along the way including a sterling effort on Oriental Shuffle. The first set concluded with I Wish You Love

DJM's vocals are extraordinary. A 'light bulb' moment occurred during the second set as Swing Manouche's guest from Paris sang with such authority one could have been forgiven for thinking 'Ian Shaw'. Yes, that's who he reminds one of! Cue There Will Never be Another You. 

In introducing Mick Shoulder's Cigano Bolero DJM stated that it was a wonderful tune - high praise indeed! And, having heard the number on several occasions, it can be said that it is canny good. Lady be Good produced more fireworks, an audience request for Autumn Leaves heard DJM in full voice, pizzicato strings and voice topped-off by a sublime solo from Giles Strong. And that was it, except DJM wandered into the audience to share a song with a redhead from the local scene by way of Eastern Europe with Messrs Shoulder, Strong and Grainger following in his wake. Were we in Rue de la Huchette? We could have been but this was the Black Swan, Rue de la Westgate Road!

It had been a wonderful evening of top class jazz. You have three further opportunities to catch up with Daniel John Martin - tonight (Friday) Swing Manouche will be at the Rabbit Hole, Durham (diners only), tomorrow evening in Hexham (The Vault) and on Sunday afternoon at Claypath Deli, Durham.

1 comment :

Unknown said...

Dear Russel.
Thank you for your kind words.
Apparently you were the man sitting in front right next to me!
Thank you also for sharing your interest in jazz music so that others may eventually decide to go out one night and discover what drives our passion for this music. Unsure times may lay ahead of us but as long as there are people like you to help others discover a new love for art whatever form it may take... there's some hope!
Salut l'ami et à bientôt.

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