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Postage

16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Liane Carroll @ Ronnie Scott's - December 26

(Review by Dave Clarke)

I’ll spare you a review of a really excellent Christmas Eve performance of Hackney Empire’s ‘Dick Whittington’ despite loads of fun for all ages and original music by one S. Edis. Could this be Tyneside’s Paul Edis under another first name with a finger in yet another pie we wondered?

I can’t say we devoted much if any of a beautifully sunny Christmas Day to the Edis conundrum and even when Boxing Day dawned 7wet and windy our thoughts were firmly on our adult Christmas treat to come that night at Ronnie’s in Soho.

“House Full” said the sign on the door when we alighted outside number 47 Frith Street, and full and festive the house most certainly was. On the walls on each side of the stage were two large, red, electronic wreaths, one above the other. From all over the club came warm red glows from dozens of small table lamps and moving around the club the serving staff in black with scarlet braces carried the festive atmosphere with them.

Liane Carroll’s set began with Roger Carey on bass guitar and Russell Field on drums alone on stage playing a funky duo introduction until their boss joins them on piano and then on voice and the whole trio goes into a raunchy Love for Sale. Without a pause they’re into Fever and Liane the soul-inflected singer is suddenly scatting at full speed like Sarah Vaughan or Ella Fitzgerald. More scatting follows on Almost Like Being in Love from her successful ‘Seaside’ album, and more adventurous piano playing.

By this early point in the show it’s already becoming apparent that there are a number of different, musical, Liane Carrolls. When she stops playing to talk to a group in the audience from the band’s home town of Hastings we discover yet another Liane: something akin to a Cockney music hall comedian. “We’re all from Hastings” she explains to the rest of us, “a small drugs town with a big fishing problem.”

Yet another Ms Carroll emerges: a straight, simple and moving ballad singer on her treatment of the Tom Waits’ song Silly Boy before the band move into a thorough de-construction of Doris Day’s My Secret Love with great solos from Roger Carey on bass and a particularly fevered one from drummer Russell Field which sets sections of the audience to clapping in time.

The first set was spectacularly rounded off with a pair of songs by another great female singer/pianist, the late Nina Simone. Liane first gave a great reading on both piano and vocally of My Baby Just Cares for me before leading her band into a fast, furious and thorough work – out on Sinner Man.

The final set presented us with Liane Carroll the musical host as she welcomed to the stage three very different guests, even dispensing with her trio for several tunes. First up was Jamie Safir (heard earlier) demonstrating his skills as an accompanist as Liane gave a moving performance of Make Someone Happy. A couple of tunes later and again minus bass and drums, an Irish friend met at Sligo Jazz Festival - William Byrne - sang solo on Smile, and then, with Liane Carroll and the trio, James Taylor’s You Got A Friend. The final guest number and, excepting the encore the night’s final tune, was a medley of blues tunes. Liane Carroll was in her element (well one of them!) both vocally and on piano and was excellently accompanied by her final guest Pete Cripps on harp and, as she had been all night, by Roger Carey (bass guitar) and Russell Field (drums).

The applause at the end of the show said it all. This lady is a great British jazz artist and a great entertainer. A fabulous way to spend Boxing Day!

Earlier, on stage for a 45 minute set, was a trio led by the young pianist and composer Jamie Safir, a prominent member of the UK jazz scene and equally in demand in the UK and Europe for work in pop and soul music – later to be heard with Liane. Joining Jamie were the no-less-busy Conor Chaplin on bass and Luke Tomlinson on drums. Jamie provided two attractive original compositions for the trio and terrific arrangements of GAS tunes including Frank Loesser’s Never Will I Marry, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s It Might As Well Be Spring and Pure Imagination from ‘Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.’ Needless to say with musicians of this skill and talent their 45 minute set was a delight to listen to and over all too soon.
Dave C.

2 comments :

Ron Ainsborough said...

What a great review Dave. I feel as if I was there. BSH review standards fully maintained.
By the way I saw Liane Carroll at 606 Club a few years ago and she was equally impressive.
A top U.K. Jazz musician!

Jen said...

I have been on a 4 day jazz vocal course in Cromarty which is held annually with Liane Carroll, Sophie Bancroft, Sara Colman, Fiona Duncan and Brian Kellock. We were split into groups and had sessions with each of the tutors with a concert on the final day. Liane was indeed memorable with her unorthodox way of teaching and brilliant humour - I sang Night in Tunisia - and learnt so much in that short time. Dave's write up on her Boxing Day concert has brought happy memories back. Thank you.

Jen

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