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13,348 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 766 of them this year alone and, so far, 40 this month (June 11).

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Fri 11: Faye Aspinall @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Solo, ‘postmodern jazz singer’.

Sat 12: Tribute to Gerry Hughes (Tees Hot Club) @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 12 noon (jazz 2:00-3:30pm). £5.00. Outdoor event. Details from 01642 823813.

Sun 13: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 13: Sunday Jazz @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick (2:00pm).

Sun 13: Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. (8:00pm). £10:00. Advance booking essential at:

Saturday, May 08, 2021

KSTV: The Meters - May 8

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Artie Zaitz (guitar); Peter Daley (organ); Flo Moore (bass); Femi Koleoso (drums) + Giacomo Smith (alto sax)

The Meters defined the groove. From the mid-sixties through the seventies and beyond, the New Orleans' rhythm machine set the standard. This evening's session at Kansas Smitty's sought to bring something of that groove to the party. 

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Guitarist Artie Zaitz, in the region a couple of years ago with Moses Boyd at DJazz, welcomed online viewers from 'Streamsville'. A good line, we've been living in Streamsville for a year and more! The quartet, later to be augmented by Giacomo Smith blowing alto sax, locked, limpet-like, on to a groove, and for the next hour simply wouldn't let go. Bass and drums couldn't have been better - Flo Moore, heard at Sage Gateshead a while ago, laid down killer lines matched only by the brilliant groove merchant Femi Koleoso. Completing the line-up, recent Kansas Smitty's recruit, organist Peter Daley, setting the place alight with some smokin' lines of his own. 

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)

From the Meters' classic Cissy Strut, with Kansas Smitty's ace band referencing Miles' Jean Pierre, to Cardova to Look-Ka Py Py, to the one cover of the set, Sly and the Family Stone's Simple Song, this Saturday evening session proved to be as good as anything KSTV has presented, and that's saying something! If WT of Hoochie Coochie fame was watching, could it be he'll book these guys to play on Pilgrim St, Newcastle? If he does, it'll be a sellout!  Russell         

1 comment :

NeilC said...

I saw Kansas Smitty's at the Sage a couple of years back in the smaller Hall 2 they were just superb but I was so disappointed by the numbers who attended I could see empty seats and not sure level 3 was even open I just don't understand it , the tickets were inexpensive , the musicianship was second to none yet people seemingly voted with their feet and decided not to attend , quite why it wasn't a sell out beggars belief.

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