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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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Daily: July 6 - October 27

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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Friday, August 02, 2019

CD Review: Gretje Angell - In Any Key


Gretje Angell (vocals); Dori Amarillo (guitar, production); Kevin Axt, Gabe Davis, Chuck Berghofer (bass on various tracks); Michael Hunter (trumpet); Steve Haas (drums); Kevin Winard (percussion); Orchestra – Budapest Scoring (track 4)
(Review by Ann Alex)

I'm rejoicing to hear yet another talented woman singer on her debut CD. Ms Angell hails from Akron, Ohio and her father and grandfather were both drummers. She played string bass and performed with her father at jam sessions. She studied classical music and is now part of the Los Angeles jazz scene, leading her own groups and singing with many other bands.


However, the most surprising thing is that she also sings soprano with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera Company. I think she must have two voices, as on this CD she is definitely doing jazz, with a jazz feel and an alluring tone, a million miles away from sopranoship, if that is a word. It actually demonstrates how adaptable voices can be. Full marks for that!

The CD title is a compliment to the guitarist, who can apparently play any song in any key, and also gives us great solos. All the instrumentalists are well up to the mark. The selection of songs is GASbook and Latins, including 3 duets with voice and guitar, One Note Samba; Tea For Two; Them There Eyes. The first of these is with a Spanish guitar feel and light percussion: the second is slow and with the verse (thankfully); the last is the final track, very fast, with scat from voice and guitar (can guitars be said to scat?).

Other tracks are Our Love Is Here To Stay (done as a bossa, nothing like Sinatra); I'm Old Fashioned; Fever (Latin flavoured and sultry, such amusing lyrics) Deep In A Dream (accompanied by a 60 piece orchestra, with wordless singing); Berimbau (in Portuguese); Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me.

A very enjoyable listening experience, which was released on July 25 on the Grevlinto 00-001 label. Available from Amazon, CDBaby and iTunes. See www.GretjeAngell.com
Ann Alex

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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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