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Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewwitt (alto sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 03: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Dilutey Juice @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 03: Smoove & Turrell @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £25.00.
Fri 03: TBA @ Prohibiton Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 04: Alligator Gumbo @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 04: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: John Pope - Up Your Rhythm Game. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 04: King Bees @ Grainger Market, Newcastle. 6:30pm (doors). Live music, comedy, DJs, food stalls. £10.00. advance, £15.00. on the door. Blues band King Bees on stage 9:45-11:15pm. A Great Market Caper event.
Sat 04: Jives Aces @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 04: Renegade Brass Band @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors).
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Rivkala @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. 6:00pm.
Sun 05: Jive Aces @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 05: Dale Storr @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, October 28, 2019

CD Review: Carolyn Lee Jones – Close Your Eyes

(Review by Ann Alex)  

Carolyn Lee Jones entered the jazz scene in November 2008, which is about the same time as I became interested in jazz, and this is her fourth studio album. (Where have I been all these years?) A fine well-sung CD on the theme of the many facets of love, produced with her musical partners Williams, Pamies and Pierce, and various other musicians on various tracks. Ms Jones (a great name for a jazz singer!) began singing full-time after a long career as a retail buyer. Entertaining regularly with a jazz ensemble in Dallas and, 2017, honoured as Cabaret Artist of The Year by the Sammons Center For The Arts in Dallas.

The album opens with Close Your Eyes, and the delight of a bass solo early, on the first track; then comes a favourite song of mine, No Moon At All, in which the night-time atmosphere is portrayed via cymbals, bass and drums; I Was A Fool features a muted trombone which to my ears adds to the feeling of folly and I'm sorry if that has offended any trombonists! On That Old Black Magic the tricky saxes suggest the magic: Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You is all Latin drumbeats and flutes; When I Found You has a rich big band sound involving the brass instruments; The amusing Confession saucily tells us 'I always go to bed at 10 then I go home at 4'. The album is suitably rounded off with a very slow ballad version of I Only Have Eyes For You, which has a pleasing ethereal sound provided by the synthesizer. The other tracks included are The Nearness of You; Love After Midnight; When I Found You; My Foolish Heart and All Night Long.

The CD was released on September 16 on the Catn'round Sound label and it is available at all fine retailers. See www.carolynleejones.com
Ann Alex

Carolyn Lee Jones (vocals); Brad Williams (piano, synthesizer, Hammond); Sergio Pamies (piano); Jonathan Fisher, Young Heo, Jeffry Eckels (bass); Jeff Plant (electric bass); Andrew Griffith, Dennis Durick, Lupe Barerra, Matt Young (drums); Arno Lucas (percussion); Todd Parsnow, Joe Lee (electric guitar); Pepe Valdez (acoustic guitar); Tony Baker, Dave Pierce (trombone); Pete Clagett (trumpet); Daniel Pardo (flutes); Dave Monsch (tenor, bari saxes).

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful surprise to see this review! Many thanks and much appreciated. Sincerely, Carolyn Lee Jones Dallas , TX

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