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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sun 10: Tusk X Yeah You @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. 12 noon. £10.00. All day event, line-up inc. Pat Thomas.
Sun 10: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); River City Jazzmen (1:35pm); House of the Black Gardenia (3:10pm); Classic Swing (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.
Sun 10 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 10: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Saltwell Park, Gateshead NE9 5AX. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 10: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazzframe @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy & Jamie Safir @ Seven Arts, Leeds - May 27.

(Collage by Lance)
Ian Shaw (vocals); Iain Ballamy (tenor sax); Jamie Safir (piano).

A delightful gem that never allowed my my mind to wander, instead it tended to wonder! The sound of surprise was a constant which is the way all good art should be and this was an exercise in musical artistry.

Ballamy and Safir doodled around in a slightly free format offering tantalisingly fleeting glimpses of a tune that wasn't totally revealed until Shaw emerged from the wings to burst into What's New? What's new? well this certainly was. Shaw has an amazing range that, coupled with his ability to move from ppp to fff within a single beat, makes him just about unique.

The Bacharach/David tune You'll Never Get to Heaven (if you break my heart) isn't part of your average jazz singer's repertoire but hey, who's talking about average? Dionne Warwick it certainly wasn't.

Some Other Time was given due reverence before segueing into a scat intro to I Wish I Were in Love Again followed by Last Night When we Were Young. A beautiful song with such an emotional lyric that Shaw, wisely, didn't play around with.

A pause, beers were passed around - this wasn't a bottled water band - a few gags from Shaw reminding us that, apart from being the UK's top male jazz singer he's a force to be reckoned with in the world of stand-up. Sometimes those two worlds collide! 

It Might as Well be Spring gave way to an instrumental from Ballamy and Safir - Mad About the Boy. The former has that lovely dry, Warne Marsh sound, whilst Safir is one of the best jazz pianists I've heard for some time.

Shaw returned for I Only Miss Him When I Think of Him.

They exited stage left before the relatives of Oliver Twist demanded and were rewarded with You Stepped Out of a Dream a number that Shaw dedicated to "This f...... government"!

Nice one! Lance

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