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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Adrian Cox Quartet Live - August 9

Adrian Cox (clarinet/vocal); Denny Ilett (guitar/vocal); Dave Newton (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass).

As Groucho Marx famously said, “Either this woman is dead or my watch has stopped!”
When it got to ten past three it occurred to me that maybe Adrian or I needed a new watch or one of us was dead!

By the time they eventually turned up I was elsewhere listening to Mainly Two who did get there at the time announced. But, as they are predominately a classical duo, it would seem, I guess, that jazz time is somewhat more flexible than classical time. Three o’clock? Nah the punters will still be in the bar…

About 3:18 the word was out that they were on air – BT the ones accused for the delay.

When I arrived, Cox was working out on Oh Lady be Good! and, I must admit he did the lady proud. Sugar Blues was a hit way back for Clyde McCoy who gave what was probably the most tasteless use of a trumpet mute ever. Cox didn’t need any gimmicks, instead, he chose to sing. I can almost certainly say that Adrian is probably the best clarinet playing singer I’ve heard. This puts him ahead of Benny Goodman in that classification. Wisely, to the best of my knowledge, Artie Shaw never chose to go down that road.

Lull at Dawn brought to mind, as intended, Barney Bigard.  You’re Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You had Denny Ilett deciding that he too wanted to sing before making way for Adrian and Dave Newton to come up with as a good a version of Stardust as I’ve heard since maybe now and possibly for many years to come.

China Boy and Poor Butterfly showed the gamut of Cox’ emotions. China Boy, which was close to breaking the sound barrier and Butterfly which broke through the tear barrier.

To finish, Jump For Joy, had me too jumping for joy – despite the delayed start. Still that’s jazz and the crazy world we’re living in.
Lance

PS: Some great (though not enough) piano from Newton and solid support from Ireland.

2 comments :

Russell said...

A real time, live gig! Clarinetist Adrian Cox just happens to know the people who run Gun Hill Studios in Sussex and they kindly offered the facility to Adrian's quartet to play a live YouTube set. A near fifteen minutes' delay thanks to internet connections going down in the local area didn't spoil matters, on the contrary it simply served to further whet the appetite.

Ten tunes in an hour and a quarter with each member of the band afforded solo space, Adrian Cox, at the age of 37, is at the top of his game as an engaging personality and a stupendous clarinetist. From the opening Tea for Two (as hot as you like) through to a joyous Jump for Joy, this afternoon set was as good as anything heard during lockdown. Aiding and abetting Cox were three of the very best around; multi award-winning Dave Newton at Gun Hill's Yamaha upright; swinging guitarist Denny Ilett (heard recently as accompanist to Rico Tomasso) and, from the coming generation, bassist Ferg Ireland.

Cox counted in Oh, Lady Be Good! and off they went at a ferocious tempo - tremendous! Ellington's A Lull at Dawn (a one time feature for Barney Bigard) took it down, Ilett kept it there singing You're Nobody 'til Somebody Loves You paving the way for Cox to play his favourite number - Stardust - as a duo with Newton. Marvellous.

Time to up the tempo, then some, on China Boy. Newton's stonking solo couldn't be bettered, or could it? Well, first Ilett, then Cox himself, did their level best to match the quartet's pianist. The virtual audience must have been applauding long and hard! As and when the 'new normal' makes way for 'old school normal' be sure to catch Cox in action, he's the business!

Roly Veitch said...

Great!

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