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15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 03: Newcastle Record Fair @ Northumbria University, Newcastle NE8 8SB. 10:00am-3:00pm. Admission: £2.00.
Sat 03: Pedigree Jazz Band @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Sue Ferris. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.
Sat 03: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 04: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 04: Central Bar Quintet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. £5.00. The Central Bar Quintet plays Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus. Featuring Lewis Watson.
Sun 04: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Struggle Buggy + Michael Littlefield @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Acoustic blues.
Sun 04: Swinging at the Cotton Club: Harry Strutters' Hot Rhythm Orchestra @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Richard Jones Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 04: Jam No. 18 @ Fabio's Bar, Saddler Street, Durham. 8:00pm. Free. All welcome. A Durham University Jazz Society event.

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 06: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Album review: Kristiana Roemer – House of Mirrors

This is the debut album from Ms Roemer, who has musical influences from jazz, folk, art song and choral work. She was born and raised in Germany and she has always written songs and poems. She studied science in Germany and singing in the USA, where she gained a Master of Music qualification and she has performed on the Brooklyn NY music scene.

Most of the words and music on the CD are by Ms Roemer, except for Turrentine's Sugar, which is arranged by our singer; Manchmal, Deine Hande and Dark Night of the Soul have lyrics which are based on other poems; and the final track is by Duke Ellington.

The music is well-played by the instrumentalists, pleasantly understated and delicate, which suits the rather gentle songs, which reflect 'the many dimensions of humanness and character', as quoted from the notes provided. However I found this album somehow difficult to get to grips with. The voice was pleasing to listen to but I couldn't make out some of the words being sung. I consider that the album needed more variety of interpretation. It would have helped if the lyrics had been provided, which they often are when the songs are originals.

I played the CD twice, which reviewers don't usually have time to do, and I enjoyed it better the second time, so perhaps it needed to be heard more than once or twice. Each track deals with a relationship; for instance track 2 is about the singer's mother, who is ever present in spirit, a slow tune sung freely against light drums and delicate cymbals, ending with notes from the bass which sound like a heartbeat. Turrentine's Sugar was one of the most jazz-like tracks, with solos for sax, piano and bass, but I wanted the voice to make more of the rhythmic possibilities of the song, instead of the rather dreamy interpretation that I heard. Perhaps this style of interpretation is a tendency of  European singers.

The CD is available on Sunnyside Records from the usual suspects.

Ann Alex

Kristiana Roemer (vocals); Addison Frei (piano); Alex Claffy (bass); Adam Arruda (drums); + Gilad Hekselman (guitar track 1); Ben Monder (guitar tracks 5,6,7); Dayna Stephens (sax tracks 3,8); Rogerio Boccato (percussion track 2)

House Of Mirrors; Beauty Is A Wound; Virgin Soil; Deine Hande; Dark Night Of The Soul; Manchmal; Lullaby For N; Sugar; Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love

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