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Postage

16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

CD Review: Jim Rattigan's Pavillon - The Freedom of Movement

(Review by Lance).

Apart from being one of the relatively few jazz French hornists in the UK, Rattigan is also an imaginative and forward looking arranger and composer. On French horn he produces the lovely dry sound associated with the instrument - like an ice-cold beer on a summer's day - and one wonders why it is such a rarity, the sound is so compelling.

Given the line-up, one could be forgiven for thinking Gil Evans but one would be wrong! This, to my mind, is 100% Rattigan. His writing comes without any baggage - he is his own man. Having said that, the team of A-listers he has chosen are as much a part of him as were Hodges and co to Ellington.

All play their part to perfection. The trumpets on the whimsical Sweet Tamarind take it out with a good old joust. They have their individual moments too. Mark Nightingale is heard to good effect throughout as are the saxes whilst the rhythm section keeps it all afloat.

The title - Freedom of Movement - Rattigan informs us is a reflection of his career moving across the genres as musicians have to do in these times. A French horn player, even one as able as Jim Rattigan, may find it difficult to put bread on the table purely as a jazzman (it doesn't just apply to French horn players I hear a thousand voices say!). However, with his compositional and arranging skills as displayed here, I doubt you'll ever find him busking at a station on the Piccadilly Line.

Just wish I could catch the band live without having to go to Hastings (Nov. 5); Birmingham (Nov.7); Luton (Nov. 22) or Colchester (Jan. 17, 2020).
*Release date is Oct. 18 with a launch the following day at the Jazz Café Posk in London.
Lance

Jim Rattigan (French horn); Martin Speake (alto sax); Andy Panayi (tenor sax); Mick Foster (baritone sax); Percy Pursglove (trumpet/flugelhorn); Steve Fishwick, Robbie Robson (trumpet); Mark Nightingale, Sarah Williams (trombone); Hans Koller (piano); Dave Whitford (bass); Martin France (drums).

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