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Barry Harris (in 1981): "There is not one place in the world that you can find more jazz musicians from than Detroit." - (DownBeat, September 2019).

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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 Monday August 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Sage Gateshead - June 29

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett. Dave Harris (guitars); Bruce Rollo (bass).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Russell).

From the opening bars of Honeysuckle Rose to the final J'attendrai the magic unfolded, taking us back to the days when Django and Stéphane were the toast of Paree. Last night, Emma Fisk and her Hot Club du Nord were the toast of 'Gatesheed'. Yes, the well-attended Sage Two audience showed their approval in no uncertain manner - and so they should, it doesn't get much better than this.

Fisk displays amazing control, Emma doesn't play the violin, the violin is as much a part of her as the hand holding the bow or the fingers that move with such dexterity up and down the fingerboard. Total mastery (if that isn't a gender contradiction!)

Flanked by Birkett and Harris thrashing away on their Maccaferri guitars, and Rollo slapping bass with a gentle subtlety this was gypsy jazz/swing at its finest. However, unlike the original where Django soloed and the other two guitarists played rhythm James and Dave alternated solos to offer contrasting sounds. The former, smoother toned whilst still keeping within the spirit of the music, the latter harder, more metallic sounding. Both ace players blending well together.

No surprises in the repertoire, we knew what to expect and we got just that although it was nice to have a reference to Oscar Alemán, the Argentinian guitarist many rated above Django. It was all great stuff but, for me, the absolute standout out number was A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square dedicated by Emma to her late father. A pin drop moment.

As we left I couldn't help but feel a little patronising towards those folk who'd opted for the B52s in Sage One - if they only knew what they'd missed!
Lance.

Honeysuckle Rose; Body & Soul; Dinah; Del Salle; Blue Drag; HCQ Strut; Nuages; Exactly Like You; Sweet Chorus; Coquette; Oriental Shuffle; Swing 42; Ain't Misbehavin'; I'm Confessin'; Viper's Dream; Crazy Rhythm; Minor Swing; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Sweet Georgia Brown; J'attendrai.

1 comment :

EmmaFiskJazzVio said...

Many thanks for the review Lance - sorry I didn't catch you after the gig! X

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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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