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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm. Free.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival - July 13

Atila: King for a Day. 
Atila (vocals); Colin Oxley (guitar); Gabriel Latchin (keys); Tom Farmer (double bass/vocals/MD); Steve Brown( drums).
(Reviews by Sheila).

This set was an hour and a half of superb singing and playing in tribute to Nat King Cole celebrating the centenary year of his birth. (1919-1965). 

Not a pastiche, but a warm and suave delivery of Nat King Cole's well-known, romantic ballads and an interesting insight into the career and development of this well-loved singer. 

Atila sang with obvious enjoyment, his beautiful phrasing and care towards these classic songs was much appreciated by an audience who knew the originals by heart. Always a difficult situation requiring the vocalist to own the material and interpret it afresh, in this set, he did it successfully. 

The inclusion of brief recordings of Nat himself and some of the orchestrations of his Capitol Records' releases were, l thought, less successful in the story-telling. 

The instrumentalists on stage were a joy to hear, the solos were excellent as were the arrangements. 
Mo Pleasure Band. 
Mo Pleasure (bass guitar); Jamie Michael Harris, (sax/ewi - electronic wind instrument); Mike Brown (guitar); Luke 'The Duke' Smith (keys); Ivy Chanel (vocals); Josh MckNasty (drums) + Cheri Maree (vocals).

I am sorry to say that heavy rain started to pour down as they came on stage at 9:00pm and, along with other less equipped members of the audience, l headed for the beer tent where the sound was rather poor and my attention to their music was less than l would have wished or intended. 

Mo Pleasure has had a very impressive career to date and he and his current band were playing a free, funky style of soul/blues/jazz. Playing bass guitar, Mo led the band from the front, the solos were impressive, sax, keys and drums especially were audible through the weather conditions.  Those hardy souls who stood stage front assured me that the set was lively and a sunshine antidote to the rain. Maybe check any tour dates to hear them again this year. 
Sheila H

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