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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Monday, September 02, 2019

Ambleside Days Festival 2019: Tim Garland Weather Walker Trio & Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker and Friends @ Zeffirellis – August 31


(Review by Hugh C)

As in the manner of the so-called “Beautiful Game”, this event was again in two halves.  The stage was set for two gigs with the Steinway grand to the left, double bass and guitars centre stage, two drum kits and percussion on the right.

Tim Garland Weather Walker Trio
Tim Garland (saxophones, electronics); Jason Rebello (piano); Yuri Goloubev (bass). 

Despite the name of the trio, much of the set, although Garland’s material, was not from the Weather Walker CD.  Bright New Year, from Garland’s album One, featured soprano saxophone.  Rebello on piano and Goloubev on bass took alternate solos, the other subtly underpinning the soloist on their own instrument.  Ensemble passages were the focus for saxophone. 

One token standard followed (Garland emphasised the importance of playing the standards in his early days as part of Ronnie Scott’s house band):  Irving Berlin’s How Deep Is the Ocean? – or as Garland jested (“doing his bit for climate change”) “How deep is the ocean now?”  Goloubev’s solo bass introduced the rhythm with subtle references to the melody, then added to by Rebello on piano and finally the full tune with Garland on tenor. 
Rosa Ballerina was composed after the birth of Garland’s daughter.  Her first sound was apparently pitched at a loud F sharp and hence the piece was based around this (although apparently in the key of F, confusingly).  Garland reverted to soprano for this item.  As with many of the players, Garland’s family (including Rosa) were attending the festival and hosted at Derek Hook’s Yewfield guest house for the duration.

The next two items were from the Weather Walker album and were enhanced by the projection of Alastair Lee’s stunning videography onto the cinema screen behind the stage.  An example of this can be seen here  The Snows They Melt The Soonest (based on the North East folk song of the same name) featured Garland on tenor, enhanced by electronics.  Weather Walker followed, featuring soprano this time.  Samai for Peace (from One) concluded the first half.  In his “houskeeping” announcement at the beginning of the show Stuart Johnson indicated where the fire exits were “in case the band were too hot”, by the end of this final piece things were certainly at an incendiary level!
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Half-time:   No orange segments, but a welcome contribution to the fluid balance by replenishment of the glass with another pint of Jazz Session.

Gwilym Simcock, Mike Walker and Friends
Gwilym Simcock (piano, keyboards); Mike Walker (guitar); Yaron Stavi (double bass, electric bass); Asaf Sirkis (drums); Bernhard Schimpelsberger (drums, percussion).

As well as new material that Simcock composed for the occasion, he also explored some of their back catalogue. The first three pieces were segued - two new compositions and a third from the back catalogue.  Shines Upon Them commenced the set.  Yaron Stavi on double bass took solos in turn with Simcock’s piano and Walker’s guitar.  The two drummers were also let out to play and Schimpelsberger took full advantage of the range of percussive opportunities in his toybox laid out in front of him.  All Along featured atmospheric keyboard from Simcock and beautiful arco bass from Stavi, Walker’s melodic guitar together with light drumming and delicate brushwork on cymbals contributed to the mix. 

Heuter Loiter was an altogether funkier affair with rhythmic left hand chords on piano, great guitar licks from Walker and fine electric bass from Stavi.  Sirkis and Schimpelsberger dueted in Indian vocal percussion – Konnakol - and also with drum solos.  Just to See You allowed Schimpelsberger to explore his toy collection again.  These both are Simcock/Walker compositions from the second Impossible Gentlemen recording, Internationally Recognised Aliens. 

Another new Simcock composition, In The Know, followed a plea from the composer to “Wish us Luck!”  Initially led by Walker’s guitar, the piano later took melodic lead with both drummers in the engine room whilst guitar and bass took a metaphorical tea break.  After the regulation period the guys re-joined the fray, Stavi having some difficulty rearranging the seven A4 sheets of music concertinaed on his music stand.  The haunting It Could Have Been a Simple Goodbye  (dedicated to the memory of John Taylor) returned a calm to the proceedings.  Tuneful melodic guitar work was to the fore in this Mike Walker composition, with assistance from Schimpelberger’s extensive percussive armoury. 

The band had by now been on stage for over an hour and it could have been a simple goodbye - this piece was a fitting finale.  However, an encore was offered with the warning that “we are going to leave you with something disturbing.  Dog Time delivered the goods, with a strange time signature or signatures which contributed to the disturbance; Yaron Stavi took up his electric bass and together with Walker, to the amusement of the audience, created barking effects.
Hugh C

1 comment :

debra said...

Both sets were fabulous, undoubtedly my gig of the year.

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