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14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Mon 16: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 16: Swing Manouche @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

KSTV: Playback session. Yusef Lateef's "Eastern Sounds" - March 27

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Giacomo Smith (tenor sax/soprano sax/flute); Will Barry (piano); Will Sach (bass); Jas Kayser (drums).

Giacomo is a musician of such diversity that it is nigh impossible to pigeonhole him. A Giacomo of all trades  musical and master of them too! Not many players can blow like Bechet one night and show up as Lateef the next! Not only that, he does the former on soprano and clarinet and the latter on soprano, tenor and flute. I can't wait until he does a Roland Kirk Playback Session!

The music tonight was based on Yusef Lateef's album Eastern Sounds, an album that has developed a cult following and, as Giacomo said regarding Lateef, "You either love him or hate him". 

It's an intriguing album that mixes the exotic with the familiar and the unexpected. Tonight's band kept all those factors in place. The Love Theme from Spartacus and The Love Theme from The Robe were far removed from the movie soundtracks but, nevertheless, back in the day, they sold a few singles for the man who began life as Bill Evans (no relation!).

Don't Blame Me had some relatively straight forward tenor playing and Snafu which, for some reason I missed - maybe I was preparing my nightcap of Horlicks - I'm sure swung along as nicely as GS said it did.

By and large, the other numbers were very much of the eastern persuasion and, at times (like all times ), compulsive listening.

(Collage by Ken Drew)
Tonight's rhythm section were the perfect choice - Cleasby, Sach and Kayser  - you need a trio? Look no further. You need a quartet? Look no further.

No more midweek gigs at Smitty's lined up for the immediate future so we will have to wait until next Saturday for their take on Monk's Underground album.
Lance 

Plum Blossom; Blues For the Orient; The Love Theme from Spartacus; Don't Blame Me; The Love Theme from The Robe; Snafu; Chinq Miaou; Purple Flower.

1 comment :

Mike Farmer said...

Caught the second set at the Club 43 and remember he played a fast Dexterity on a silver King tenor.He had a huge sound and he brought his own pianist, Stan Jones who I think later moved to Hollywood and worked in the TV and film studios.

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