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Art Blakey: "You [Bobby Watson] don't want to play too long, because you don't know if they're clapping because they're glad you finished!" - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Sunday November 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Binker Golding Band + Noya Rao + Francis Tulip Quartet - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00pm. £12.00. & £5.00.

Peter Roughead & the Tweed River Jazz Band - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 3:00-5:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul/ Etc.

Memphis Cruiser - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Wandering Monster + Thomas Dixon Quartet - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1JY. 3:30pm. £8.00. + £1.13 bf (£5.00. + £1.13 bf, concs.).

Groovetrain - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (4:00pm doors). £10.00.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham DH1 3NP. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. All welcome - sitters-in & listeners.

Classic Swing - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 8:00pm. £7.00.

Blues/Funk/Soul

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, October 18, 2019

CD Review: Brenda Earle Stokes - Solo Sessions Volume 1

Brenda Earle Stokes (piano/voice).
(Review by Lance)

An interesting mix of standards, contemporary songs and originals by a Canadian singer/pianist now based in NYC. Stokes is very much her own (wo)man and stamps her individuality on both her singing and her piano playing. If anyone springs to mind vocally, or as a composer, it is Carole King although, obviously, Brenda is jazzier.

Ladies in Mercedes, the Sondheim classic with words by Norma Winstone, shows Stokes at her best. A knockout piano solo - all done without the safety net of bass and drums and coupled with a vocal where restraint is at a minimum - well worth checking out.

If You Never Come to me is unmistakably Jobim and sympathetically interpreted.

Over the past few years, Weaver of Dreams has reemerged in popularity with songbook songbirds and Stokes does nothing to slow down the momentum.

How Long Has That Evening Train Been Gone? Brenda Earle Stokes and Leroy Carr is as unlikely a pairing as the Devil and Robert Johnson down at that crossroads in Leflore County, Mississippi, but at least we have the evidence of this one with some fine blues piano and a voice to match.

Strange Meadowlark floats like a bird in the breeze with a gentle swing that conveys the composer's image perfectly.  The piano does justice to Dave Brubeck's melody and Brenda's voice handles Iola Brubeck's words imaginatively.

Brenda supplied the words to The Waltz, an interesting tune with some demanding intervals for a singer that our girl handles with aplomb.

Standing is total Stokes - words and music composed, arranged, produced, played and sung by. Maybe she also made the coffee. If she percolates like she sings and plays then forget Kopi luwak!*

The Consequences of Falling, a tune associated with k.d.lang, didn't quite do it for me but, then again, neither did k.d.'s version.

I Can Let Go Now by Michael McDonald tugs at the heartstrings - Brenda in sensitive mode.

East of the Sun includes some boppy scatting with an abundance of flattened fifths by both voice and piano - love it.

Huey Lewis' The Power of Love is another number that showcases her versatility across the genres.

Solo Sessions Volume 1, grew upon me with repeated hearing. Initially I wasn't comfortable with the diversity of the material but gradually I came to like it a lot and now I love it!
Lance
Available November 15.
* Reportedly the world's most expensive coffee.

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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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