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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15245 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 264 of them this year alone and, so far, 77 this month (March 25).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 28: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 28: Sanaz Lavasani Trio + Abbie Finn @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv).

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £2.00. All welcome.
Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. Back to 1:00pm stomp off. Free.
Thu 30: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 30: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 31: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. CANCELLED! Back next week (April 7).
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 31: Jasmine Myra + Waclaw Zimpel @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 31: The Revolutionaires @ The Shack, Boldon Colliery. 7:30pm. £10.00. The Revolutionaires' big band (horn section) line-up.
Fri 31: Andrew McCormack @ Maltings, Berwick. 8:00pm. £20.00.

Sat 01: The Big Easy @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 01: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning - In a Minor Key. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 01: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington Covered Market, Darlington DL1 5PN. 6:00pm. New venue, live jazz!
Sat 01: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 7:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Hot Club du Nord @ Pleased to Meet You, Bridge St., Morpeth. 8:00pm. £79.00. A charity fundraising event.
Sat 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. RESCHEDULED to next week (Sat 08).

Sun 02: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Friday, December 04, 2020

KIM CYPHER Reflects on COVID-19 Pandemic in New Single, “Crazy Times”

(Press release)

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has, and continues to make a negative impact on billions of peoples’ lives all across the globe, Kim Cypher, the U.K.-based jazz performer, is spreading a bit of positivity with her latest, lockdown-inspired single, “Crazy Times.”  As one of the most exciting saxophonists, vocalists and composers in the modern age of music, Kim is using her platform to remind us to treasure the things that we can still enjoy despite social distancing regulations — in this case, it’s music.

“Crazy crazy times, these are crazy crazy times,” Kim repeats in the upbeat, saxophone-driven chorus, before the listener is met with a thought-provoking spoken word passage about how “compassion” and “kindness” are the key elements to effectively surviving “the new normal.”

Not only does the four minute-spanning jazz track emanate an undeniable sense of positivity and hope, but it even offers the listener a brief moment of mental escapism from the overall headache that has been 2020. This sentiment is reflected, as well, in the Latin-inspired tune’s accompanying music video, which sees Kim, her longtime husband — drummer Mike Cypher — and a number of happy-go-lucky locals dancing together in a colourful, graffiti-decorated underpass found in the world-renowned saxophonist’s hometown of Cheltenham, England.

The smile-inducing video for “Crazy Times” inevitably displays the power of music and how it can bring people together, even during the worst of times.

Though she’s been an avid jazz musician since the age of 9, Kim made her debut as a solo artist at the end of 2016, after releasing her debut album ‘Make Believe.’ She received astounding reviews and became a nationwide success, which resulted in sell-out shows all across the U.K. between 2017 and 2018. The following May, her sophomore effort, ‘Love Kim x’ was released for the world to hear. It featured a large collection of original music as well as her own tasteful takes on some well-known classics. ‘Love Kim x’ received critical acclaim and was even listed as one of the Top 10 jazz albums of 2019 by Bebop Spoken Here, the popular online jazz magazine.

Last year, Kim was highlighted as “one of the U.K’s most popular players,” in Sammy Stein’s award-winning book, ‘Women In Jazz’. Come 2020 and the author featured Kim in a follow-up release entitled ‘Gender Disparity in U.K. Jazz’. The much-beloved book gives readers an inside look at the U.K. jazz scene, its history of gender disparity issues and how these problems can be made different for the future of the scene to come.

Though live shows seem like nothing but a speck of dust in the far reaches of our memories, Kim has continued to perform live sessions via her own Facebook page. On top of that, she’s been working hard on a weekly collaborative music project called ‘The Twilight Jazz Sessions’ along with a number of fellow jazz musicians — including American guitarist B.D. Lenz — from the U.K. and U.S.. ‘The Twilight Jazz Sessions’ can be found on Kim’s YouTube channel.

“Crazy Times” — which was composed, performed and produced by Kim and Mike Cypher — is available now on all major streaming platforms.

1 comment :

Unknown said...

So much fun to be part of Kim's musical journey.
Everything she does is full of positivity & joy! Px

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