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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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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 Tuesday September 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Acoustic Infusion with the Mighty Horns - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00. Rick Laughlin & co.

Strictly Smokin’ Sessions - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £8.00. & £6.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Guest: Don Armstrong (reeds). Note earlier start.

Blues

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Monday, September 02, 2019

CD Review: Diego Figueiredo - Come Closer.

Diego Figueiredo (g
uitars) + Cyrille Aimee, Janis Siegel, Chiara Izzi (vocals).
(Review by Steve T)
Diego Figueiredo is an award winning Brazilian guitarist, a veteran of some twenty three CDs, has played with Gilberto Gil, Larry Coryell, Lewis Nash and others, and is a fine guitarist and, I'm reliably informed, significantly more than fine.

On this album he plays solo guitar, mostly acoustic, accompanied by three female singers, interspersed with two instrumentals.It's a very low-key affair which I guess he's entitled to with his pedigree, but making it hard to identify highs and lows.

Cyrille takes the first four, kicking off with Jobim's Once I Loved (singled out by the notes so a possible high) followed by a decidedly undanceable version of the My Fair Lady classic I Could Have Danced All Night. She has the twang of Billie Holiday but with a thoroughly modern sound, so Madeleine Peyroux may be a more appropriate comparison.

Following the instrumental Sexta Feira (also recommended by the notes), Janis Siegel takes four, including two more from Jobim. She sings it more straight and, as a member of Manhattan Transfer, is the most successful of the three singers as far as I can make out.

A solo guitar version of Like Someone in Love is followed by two from Chiara Izzi: Nardis by Miles Davis (some say Bill Evans), complete with Portuguese lyrics by Yanina Lombardi, and Moon River. For me, she's the least successful of the three singers and I regret that, at times, I find it a little cringeworthy. in the same way that I find Adele cringeworthy.  

I can't imagine anybody getting terrible excited by it but it's a perfectly nice, relaxed listen which may be of interest to aspiring guitarists and female vocalists.     

Out now on CD and digital.
Steve T

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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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