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Billy Cobham: "Miles said to us, 'Don't play in between takes,' so of course John [McLaughlin] played in between takes." - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Friday November 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Sue Ferris Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Mick Shoulder Quintet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Tenement Jazz Band - Theatre Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 405405. 8:00pm. £14.00. Darlington NOJB.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Ishmael Ensemble - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:00pm. £7.47.

Catfish Keith - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 8:30pm. £18.00. + £1.80. bf.

The Odels - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The nth quartet @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle – February 3

Corey Mwamba (vibes); Laura Cole (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Johnny Hunter (drums).
(Review by Steve H/PHOTOS courtesy of Ken Drew)

Corey Mwamba has been a frequent visitor to Tyneside playing with a variety of bands. This nth quarter is a newly formed ensemble featuring some of my favourite players Laura Cole on piano, honorary Geordie Johnny Hunter on drums and full time 100% Geordie Andy Champion on double bass. Corey Mwamba is not just a fine technician on vibes but also a very entertaining performer who always seems to establish a great rapport with his audience.

However, he took a decision several years ago to hang up his mallets as far as live performances are concerned. So Sunday night’s gig with the nth quartet was the last time that we get to see him perform live (he will still be making music and sharing it digitally in his studio).


Corey explained at the start of the gig that as his retirement gets closer and closer he gets happier and happier so this gig was a celebration rather than a sad farewell. The first set was very structured and intense it was probably the tightest and least improvised of any Mwamba gig I had seen. Not to say it was all melody and saccharine a number based on Giant Steps emphasised the creativity of the quartet.


The second set was far livelier as opposed to the first which, if I dare to say, was a touch melancholic. By contrast, this set was full of life and exuberance with great empathy and commitment from all involved.  

A fitting finale to a great live career and the packed audience gave the band a rousing ovation at the gig's conclusion.  I for one will certainly miss Corey’s departure from the live jazz scene but I can only wish him every success and happiness in whatever direction his future career takes him.

Steve H.

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