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Giovanni Guidi: "So many jazz albums today are all original compositions, and five minutes after the record is finished, you can't remember a single song. I think it's a problem." - (JazzTimes Oct. 2019).

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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 Thursday October 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Aurora - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student). Zoë Gilby, Noel Dennis & co play the music of Tom Harrell.

No Fox - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Darlington Big Band - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Gerry Richardson Jazz Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (doors 7:00pm). Free.

Blues/Soul/Funk

Holy Moly & the Crackers - Georgian Theatre, Green Dragon Yard, Stockton TS18 1AE. Tel: 01642 674115. 7:30pm. £12.00.

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

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

CD Review: Miki Purnell - Midnight Bloom

Miki Purnell (vocal); Tamir Hendelman (piano); Alex Frank (bass);  Dean Koba (drums) + Bob Sheppard (sax/clarinet/flute x 5); Pat Kelley (guitar x 3); Tommy Aros (percussion x 4).
(Review by Lance).

Miki Purnell's second album is an appealing collection of songs loosely related to experiencing the wonders of nature at night which isn't a bad place to start.

Born and raised in Japan, after dipping her toes into the waters of jazz, Miki became a doctor in Hawaii and her career was professionally put on the backburner albeit whilst still singing after work for the residents of a nursing home. Sounds familiar? Miki wouldn't be the first doctor to combine the two.

A move to San Diego saw her parallel universe expanding. Not only did she become a member of the second largest integrative medicine team in the United States but also recorded her first CD Swingin' to the Sea which was so favourably reviewed worldwide that an eventual follow-up was inevitable.

Although the winsome little girl voice suggests shades of Chet Baker and Blossom Dearie - two of her biggest influences - it doesn't detract from her individuality. In a world where one in every three women are jazz singers (or so it seems) it is refreshing to find that unique person who stands out from the crowd. Miki Purnell does that here with a mix of the familiar, the not so familiar and a couple of her own,

"Being involved in music cultivates my creativity in medicine and in bonding with patients" says Miki.

She's equally creative in music too. On Embraceable You she applies her vocalese to a 1949 JATP Lester Young solo. Coleman Hawkins inspired her take on Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams whilst an original (co-written with pianist Henderson), Midnight Madness Called Jazz, is based on 'Round Midnight. Matt Dennis' The Night We Called it a Day, Stars (Endless Stars) by Fred Hersch and Norma Winstone, plus gems by Johnny Mandel with Dave Frishberg and the Bergmans add to what may well be the classiest vocal album of the year.

And there's more! Tamir Henderson is the perfect accompanist cum soloist - think Hank Jones and you're getting close. Bob Sheppard pops up on 5 tracks blowing tenor, clarinet and flute, adding that little bit extra. Pat Kelley does the same with some fine guitar work on four tracks with Tommy Aros helping out Koba and Frank in the rhythm section.

Next time you're feeling ill and can't get to Sacramento where Miki now practises just ask your GP to prescribe Midnight Bloom - 14 tracks, minimum twice a day with an extra dose at suppertime - it will work wonders!
Lance

Listen.

Moonlight Saving Time; Embraceable You; No Moon at All; Estrada Branca; 'Round Midnight/Midnight Madness Called Jazz; Quiet Now; Love Dance; The Night We Called it a Day; Teach me Tonight; You Are There; Solitary Moon; Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; Stars; Midnight Bloom.

3 comments :

Ann Alex said...

Lance, I hope you are glad that it seems that 1 out of every 3 women are jazz singers. The more the merrier! It seems to me that 1 out of every 3 men are jazz sax players, but I'm not complaining, so I hope you aren't.

Lance said...

Ann, I only made the observation to emphasise that Miki Purnell is a singer who really does stand out from the crowd and is worth checking out by anyone who appreciates good jazz singing. I realise I was being facetious when I quoted '1 in 3' when it's probably nearer 1 in 5.

Miki P said...

Hello Lance!! Thank you so much for this beautiful review!!!! I showed it to my colleagues and we all love how you recommend prescription and additional dose at dinner time!! Super creative!!!

I am very honored!!

BTW, I joined the integrative medicine whenI moved to Sacramento!! In San Diego, i was just practicing family medicine!! Sorry for confusing bio.

Please take care and have a wonderful day!!! Hug!!

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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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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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Lance