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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

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

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.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Album Review: Lucinda Fosker – I Get Along

Lucinda Fosker (vocals); Piera Onacko (piano); Stuart Barker (bass); Maxim Tomlinson (drums); Chris Young (tenor sax)

I've been moaning that I couldn't find enough to say about these singers, then along comes a great CD which is different and gives me more than enough to comment on. I could of course just simply quote no less a person than Lauren Kinsella, who says of Ms Fosker 'A talented vocalist with an original flair for song writing that blends an array of styles from jazz to soul to groove composition'.

I could finish the review there, but I'd be sacked by Lance!

Pennies From Heaven is nothing like Sinatra. First we have Tomlinson drumming up a storm, then a bit of swing and angular vocal scatting, drum and bass exchanging fours, then back to the head to finish. Young is featured on Frishberg's satirical I'm Hip with a deliberate off key effect, and amusing lyrics such as 'I even call my girlfriends man'.

Say It Isn't So is pared back and groove-based which brings out the pathos; On The Street Where You Live begins with a calypso style introduction, so unusual. There are three original songs, whose lyrics are effectively sparse but full of meaning: For a Fool is a pleading love song, Rose That Spoke is short and sweet and Birds Are Beautiful simply repeats that idea to the accompaniment of the soaring tenor sax.

The title track ends the album, beginning with just voice and bass suggesting a feeling of loneliness, then after a piano solo, we have the killer line which ends the song, performed poignantly, 'Break my heart in two'.

This is Ms Fosker's debut solo album although she was featured on the extended play Walking Blind with Soweto Kinch. A graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, she aims to produce music which is related to both pop and jazz, as shown by this CD which has a very contemporary feel. I'd love to see her at The Globe sometime soon.

Having already played at leading events such as Cheltenham Jazz Festival and honed her craft alongside such artists as Anita Wardell and Norma Winstone, it comes as no surprise that, in 2020, Lucinda Fosker was awarded a Jazz South commission.

The album is available now from the usual suspects. Link.

Ann Alex

Pennies From Heaven; I'm Hip; Say It Isn't So; On The Street Where You Live; For a Fool; Rose That Spoke; Don't Explain; The Very Thought Of You; Birds Are Beautiful; I Get Along Without You Very Well.

2 comments :

Patti said...

Ah - I Get Along (Without You Very Well) is such a gorgeous song, with those poignant lyrics. I remember my young grandson listening to this, on one of my 1950's Chet Baker recordings - he was only 4, but listened so carefully - after the song finished, he turned to me and said 'Nana, this is a really sad song'. It is indeed - young Sam was quite right.

Ann Alex said...

Patti, Sam sounds like a very perceptive child, how clever. I'd like to bet that he will/ has gone on to do something creative.

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