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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

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event. SOLD OUT!

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

CD Review: Roger Kellaway - The Many Open Minds of Roger Kellaway

Roger Kellaway (piano); Bruce Forman (guitar); Dan Lutz (bass).
(Review by Lance).

So far this week I've received 24 CDs for review. This is on top of maybe another 30 looking hopefully up at me like hungry kittens waiting to be fed. How does one make a choice from such a plethora of (maybe) riches? It is difficult. However, if included in the mix is an album by Roger Kellaway then all bets are off!


Recorded live at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles - a venue Roger seems to like - watch this space* - the 80 year old pianist delivers the goods like few pianists in the history of jazz have ever done. OK, maybe an exaggeration but only a slight one.

The opening track, Monk's 52nd Street Theme, is taken at such a lick that, had this been an LP I'd have been checking the turntable to make sure I didn't have it on 45 instead of 33! Yes it's fast but no mere Czerny exercise applied to jazz this is the real deal.

Have You Met Miss Jones? An out of tempo formal introduction soon mellows into a medium swing. Miss Jones has had many suitors since Rodgers and Hart introduced her to Broadway in 1937 and, not surprisingly, many men have no doubt exchanged blows over her. Kellaway and Forman battle it out musically just as Les Paul and Nat Cole did at a legendary JATP concert back in '44 albeit not over Jonesy.

Doxy. If I had to choose but one track from the seven this would be it although it would be a close call. What edges it for me are the block chord passages - big fat ones!

Take Five may seem an odd choice sans saxophone but it swings.

Take the A Train is slow. Glenn Miller used to play it at this tempo - Kellaway does it better.

Night and Day - this is the one - who needs the beat beat beat of the tom tom? These three guys don't need drums to make you tap your feet. The rhythm is there reaching out.

Finally Caravan ignores the speed limit - and the crowd love it - and so do I!

Kellaway is superb as are his confreres Forman and Lutz, together the three bring to mind the Nat Cole Trio and the early Oscar Peterson threesomes. Tremendous!

Release date is Nov. 1 on IPO Recordings label.
Lance.
* Next CD review, Kellaway as accompanist to Anne Phillips - Live @ the Jazz Bakery

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