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Postage

16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.

May

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Friday, October 25, 2019

CD Review: When We Were Young – Kelley Suttenfield


Kelley Suttenfield (vocals); Tosh Sheridan (guitars, backng vocals, arrangement, production); Matthew Fries (piano, Fender Rhodes); Phil Palombi (bass); Eric Halvorson (drums, percussion); Derek Ratzenboeck (violin); Vincent Lionti (viola); David Calhoun (cello).
(Review by Ann Alex).

Yet another woman singer doing something out of the ordinary, bravely reimagining the songs of Neil Young as jazz. A regular on the New York jazz scene and around the East Coast, Suttenfield has performed at the Iridium and  Jazz at Kitano, at Ronnie Scott's in London and also toured Europe. This is her third album and her band includes Tosh Sheridan, guitarist and graduate of Berklee College of Music and the rhythm trio 718. I found the bass player of this outfit particularly good. The line-up is completed by the Memling Ensemble String Trio on 5 of the 11 tracks.

An exquisite rendering of Harvest Moon, airy cymbals and light drums give an ethereal sound which is definitely jazz, skilled bass, with improvising solos from piano and guitar. The Needle and the Damage Done, a powerful song about drug-taking, is a really interesting version, with strong bass, haunting guitar, clanking drum effects to set the scene and a rise in tension towards the end of the track. However I found the strings a bit too romantic-sounding for the subject in hand.

The Losing End is a real swinger; Love Is A Rose, which concerns the thorny parts of love, is done appropriately with funky guitar; Down By The River is a countryish version of the standard folk song about drowning your beloved; and Barefoot Floors, which was never actually released by Young, is a charming song written for a child, with suitably relaxing, laid back guitar. The rest of the tracks are: Heart of Gold; Only Love Can Break Your Heart; Flying on the Ground; Fool for Your Love; Old Man.  

The CD is very enjoyable and successfully transfers Young's music from rock to jazz, which made me wonder if our standard genre divisions are really of any use. If the songs had been firstly treated as jazz and we'd never heard them sung by Young, would we have liked the music any less?  I love Young's voice, which has a very pleasing haunting tone with a certain tense quality which adds meaning to the lyrics, and this is what I missed from the CD. But comparisons are difficult and I enjoyed the CD for its own merits.

The album is currently available in stores and online.
See www.kelleysuttenfield.com and also Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, using the artist’s name.
Ann Alex    

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