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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

CD Review: John Bailey - Can You Imagine?

John Bailey (trumpet/flugelhorn); Stacy Dillard (tenor sax/soprano sax); Stafford Hunter (trombone); Edsel Gomez (piano); Mike Karn (bass); Victor Lewis (drums) + Janet Axelrod (flutes); Earl McIntyre (bass trombone/tuba).
(Review by Lance)

A themed album that is timely scheduled for release on an appropriate date (January 20 - Inaugration Day).

However, before I disclose the theme of the album, let me first say that this a cracker of a disc that doesn't need a theme to help it. Simply the best post bop album since the days of King Dizzy which brings me to the theme of the album...

I remember, back in 1964, reading in DownBeat that Dizzy Gillespie planned to run for President. Badges and tee shirts were printed and his proposed cabinet included Duke as Secretary of State, Louis Armstrong as Secretary of Agriculture and Miles Davis as CIA Director. Of course it didn't happen and many regarded it as a prank, which, in a sense, it was. However, the issues raised - bearing in mind that this was at the height of the Civil Rights movement - were serious and very real and, even today they haven't gone away in America (and not just in America).

With all this as background, Bailey, himself a Dizzy devotee with a car registration of DIZ4PREZ, imagines what life would be like today if Dizzy had made it to the White House 55 years ago.

I'm not going to claim that this CD has the answers - how could it? - it's a dreamer's fantasy. Still, it is a lovely dream and the music makes that dream seem to come true.

Bailey can soar like Dizzy did and blow lyrical too along with a band that totally follows the party line and is just about as close to what Dizzy would have if he were alive today.

This leaves me with a dilemma - Post it today and it's my record of the year but, as revealed earlier, it's not released until January 20! Post it tomorrow and it will set the bar for 2020 and, by December ot that year, it may have been swept up by the Johnny Come Latelys! Well, I'll post it now and claim time zone differentials to include it in the shake-up of next year's listings.
It is divine!
Lance

3 comments :

Russell said...

Bailey's DIZ4PREZ devotion makes this album of the year and I'm yet to hear it!

Unknown said...

For me, it has to be Harry Connick Jnr sings Cole Porter, superb arrangements by HC, great songs and band, I love the way HC swings and he knows how to build the arrangement to reach the peak before the band lets fly, it goes with out saying I have played the album a good few times, we need more jazz albums of this kind.

Brian Shine

Lance said...

Brian, if you refer to my earlier listngs you'll find that Harry's disc is included in my 'Vocals of the Year CD' post. My thanks also to you for drawing it to my attention and so pleased that we are on the same vocal wavelength.