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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Jambone @ Sage Gateshead - April 26

(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Chris K)

Sage Gateshead's youth jazz orchestra assembled on the concourse prior to the much-anticipated celebration of Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in a sold out Sage Two (see LL's review). MD Paul Edis prepared a challenging programme of modal-era jazz confident that Jambone's current crop of musicians would acquit themselves with distinction.  

Jamboners are in their teens but that doesn't deter them from tackling material that many a seasoned musician would think twice about. It would appear MD Edis believes they can do it and, in front of scores of Sage patrons, the ensemble set about proving him right.

Solos rippled through the sections, all impressed; Lucien Guest, standing tall alongside Great North Big Band Jazz Festival award-winning trumpeter Ferg Kilsby, the lesser known reeds Jack Pearce and Zac Parlby,   inheritor of Ben Lawrence's piano chair Edgar Ho, the rhythm kings Alex Shipsey and Dylan Thompson (DT sharing percussion duties with Maeve Thorpe) and the one-to-watch, vocalist Emily McDermott. 

Ronnie Scott's is sixty as are two iconic albums. In March 1959 Miles Davis recorded Porgy and Bess and from it, McDermott sang It Ain't Necessarily So. The Davis-Gil Evans chart worked well, the ensemble listening to one another, eyes on Edis, our MD on top of things. Fast forward a matter of weeks to April 1959 to the biggest selling jazz album of all time - Kind of Blue. Muted Miles wasn't particularly evident here on the concourse, more the sense of time (Shipsey nailing Paul Chambers)  and collective feel for the piece - All Blues

Jambone is a fluid, constantly evolving beast. Young musicians (13-19) interested in auditioning for the ensemble should, in the first instance, contact Sage Gateshead. Bursaries may be available.      
Russell     

Jambone: Paul Edis (Musical Director); Emily McDermott (vocals); Lucien Guest (trumpet); Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Megan Robinson (flute); Haaruun Miller (tenor sax, soprano sax); Zac Parlby (tenor sax); Jack Pearce (alto sax); Ben Knivett (baritone sax); Tom Henerey (guitar); Edgar Ho   (piano); Alex Shipsey (double bass); Dylan Thompson (drums, percussion); Maeve Thorpe (drums, percussion)

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