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Marc Myers: " If the original group with Baker was Dover sole, the group with Brookmeyer was beef stew." - (JazzWax, December 7, 2019).

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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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

Friday, November 22, 2019

CD Review: DIVA Jazz Orchestra - DIVA + The Boys

(Review by Lance)

DIVA + The Boys sees the Pittsburgh based all girls big band lure four of their male counterparts into a live session at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild which is on 1815 Metropolitan St in Pittsburgh PA and not to be confused with any craftsmen’s guilds in Manchester UK.

If the guys thought they were in for an easy time of it they hadn’t reckoned on the DIVAS!

Ken Peplowski is, without doubt, my favourite clarinettist and what better stomping ground for him than Goodman’s Slipped Disc? DIVA Janelle Reichman obviously thought she could handle it too and, with the powerhouse band behind her she pushed Ken to a split decision – listeners, the verdict is up to you!

Jobim’s A Felicidade had Claudio Roditi on trumpet – he blows pretty good for a man - as well as some lovely tenor from Roxy Cross.

Deference to Diz was bebop with Peplowski, Roditi and trombonist Jay Ashby strutting down 52nd St. as if it were 1945. They didn’t have it all their own way though, Tomoko Ohno slotted in a piano solo that Dodo Marmoroso would have been proud of. 

Jay Ashby blew mellow on Nocturna – maybe the best tram sound around these days. Urbie Green used to get that sound. Marty Ashby allowed brother Jay the spotlight content with adding a Freddie Green like presence to the rhythm section.

The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else is meat and potatoes to Peplowski but the gravy was added by DIVA’s Jami Dauber on trumpet with Ohno making her presence felt. Peplowski returned to take it out as the pot simmered with the band goosing him along – listen to the trumpet section behind him!

Piccolo Blues and Roditi blew piccolo trumpet which didn’t sound that much different to a standard Bb trumpet – still good though. The girls threw Jennifer Krupa into the arena and her trombone playing took no prisoners. Likewise Alexis Tarantino who, apart from playing lead alto, flute and clarinet throughout the session, sizzled on sop sax on this one.

Peplowski displayed his clarinet wizardry on Estate although the beautiful picture his notes painted didn’t equate with any of the estates near me – how do you insert graffiti into a piece of music? Who needs it anyway?

Bucket of Blues. The boys had been sent home with a goodnight kiss and five red hot saxophone mamas took centre stage, spurred on by drummer/leader Sherrie Maricle who launched the Five Sisters into orbit. This was a musical cat fight with Tarantino and Scheila Gonzales on altos, Reichman and Cross on tenors and Leigh Pilzer on bari.

Great album – all my fantasies have come true!
Lance.

Samples.

Personnel not mentioned: Tanya Darby, Rachel Therrien, Barbara Laranga (trumpet/flugel); Linda Landis, Leslie Havens (trombones); Nurika Uedda (bass)

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