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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

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

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

CD Review: Tierney Sutton Band - Screenplay


Tierney Sutton (vocals); Christian Jacob (piano); Serge Merlaud (guitar); Kevin Axt (electric bass); Trey Henry (acoustic bass); Ray Brinker (drums) Alan Bergman (vocals track 12); all arrangements by Sutton, Henry, Jacob, Axt and Brinker.
(Review by Ann Alex)

Well, I think I may now have been promoted to blog detective for BSH! Unlike most of the albums sent for review which come in lavishly packaged jewel cases with notes that require 20:20 vision to decipher, this promo CD came with only a cardboard insert showing a list of tunes, arrangers and some featured musicians. I listed the musicians, thinking this was a big band of unnamed personnel. On finding a website I discovered it was actually a sextet, led by female singer Tierney Sutton, whom I had supposed to be a man. So much for my feminist credentials. And what a fine singer indeed! This may well be my CD of the Month, or even of the Year.

Ms Sutton hails from Omaha, USA and has already had 8 Grammy nominations as well as finishing only 2 votes behind Diana Krall in the 2018 DownBeat Critics Poll. She trained at Berklee College of Music and is a jazz educator as well as an arranger. Previous CDs have included one based on the music of Sting. The band wrote the music for the Clint Eastwood film Sully. This is their ninth CD.

All the tunes are songs from films, so we have the music of composers such as Michel Legrand, Paul Simon and Stephen Sondheim. But each tune is skilfully arranged as jazz, so well that it's hard to believe that they were ever played any other way. The singing is beautiful, Ms Sutton really knows how to use her voice as an instrument, and each song tells a story, acted out well. It goes without saying that the musicians are stellar. It is impossible to convey the quality of the music in print so I'll mention some favourite tracks, and list all the tracks and the films that they came from.

Calling You and Moon River are two songs woven together seamlessly, slow and contemplative.

I've Got No Strings cleverly becomes a strong, feminist song, sung slowly to a military beat from the drums.

If I Only Had a Brain is sung saucily with word play and features the music of both basses.

Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend is perky with voice and drums. I didn't realise how amusing the lyrics are, e.g. 'It's then that those louses go back to their spouses'.

Track list: The Windmills of Your Mind (The Thomas Crown Affair); Moon River/Calling You (Breakfast At Tiffany's/Baghdad Cafe); On a Clear Day (On A Clear Day You Can See Forever)
What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life (The Happy Ending); I've Got No Strings (Pinocchio);
If I Only Had A Brain (The Wizard Of Oz); The Sound Of Silence (The Graduate); Goodbye For Now (Reds); Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes); Hopelessly Devoted To You (Grease); You're The One That I Want (Grease); How Do You Keep The Music Playing (Best Friends); Ev'ry Now And Then (not the pop song, Mulholland Falls); It Might Be You (Tootsie); Arrow (Sully).

Screenplay is now available - see www.tierneysutton.com
Ann Alex

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