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Postage

16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 28: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ Warkworth War Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Paul Edis @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 28: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock, Jasper Høiby & Sun-Mi Hong @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm. £15.40., £13.20.

Sat 29: Spat’s Langham’s Hot Fingers @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 29: Vermont Big Band @ Seahorse Pub, Whitley Bay Football Club. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet).
Sat 29: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Emma Smith's A Portrait of Ella @ Ronnie Scott's - August 6

Emma Smith (vocals); Jamie Safir (piano); Conor Chaplin (double bass); Luke Tomlinson (drums)

Live streaming of indoor performance continues apace pending further government announcements. It is possible indoor gigs will resume a week tomorrow (Saturday 15), we shall see. Ronnie Scott's live streams, as one would expect, have been of the highest quality, ranging from the house trio led by James Pearson to Ronnie's regulars Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw to last night's quartet, Emma Smith's Ella Fitzgerald revue.  


Emma Smith is a life-long fan of Ella - who isn't?! - and this live stream attracted hundreds of listeners/viewers from around the world. The band - Jamie Safir, piano (superb, swinging piano playing), Conor Chaplin, bass (great sound, in demand across the spectrum) and drummer Luke Tomlinson (young, supremely talented) - swung non-stop on a veritable treasure trove of GASbook gems. 

An Ella medley centred round A-Tisket, A-Tasket set the standard. Four young musicians, each of them possessing more than their fair share of chops,  this was great to see and hear. Ms Smith referred to Ella's live album recorded in 1974 on the very stage she was standing. Ella in London on the Pablo label (Ella, Joe Pass, Keter Betts and Bobby Durham, is, to this day, often on your reviewer's turntable) inspired Smith and, indeed, more than one selection from the album made this live stream set.

Smith's assured vocals were quite something, at times recalling Cleo Laine, Sarah Vaughan and the recently departed Annie Ross. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, Ray Noble's The Very Thought of You (Jamie Safir noting he'd recently discovered the composer studied at the Royal College of Music just as he and Emma did, although Mr Noble's student days were back in the late 1920s!), Cheek to Cheek, a cuplet, Makin' Whoopie and a swinging original titled Monogamy Blues, this was a well-paced set with plenty of space for the boys to demonstrate their undoubted abilities as soloists. 

One Note Samba may well be rooted on one note but, good musicians as they are, the quartet did a lot with it! Safir and Tomlinson departed the stage as Smith sidled up to Conor (they're from the same household 'bubble') to put their stamp on Satin Doll. Smith and her band's interpretation of the Ella Songbook didn't take liberties (how dare they/anyone?!) yet their twenty first century lived experience brought something fresh to the tunes and all the better for it.

As the one hour plus live stream neared its end Emma did Ella proud with a breakneck take - à la Ella - on How High the Moon? Ella could sing, that's a statement of the bleedin' obvious, and on the evidence of this performance at Ronnie Scott's, Emma Smith is one of the finest singers of our times.      
Russell

1 comment :

Jen said...

Yes I agree with Russell that this was a superb show. Performances by all musicians was top notch but particularly Emma and Jamie. Also the sound and video was excellent - their technicians must be working with expensive technology! No problems whatsoever were apparent to the listener.

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