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

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Live from the Flat: Chopin in Jazz - May 9

(Screenshot by Russell)
Rossano Sportiello (piano); Felix Moseholm (double bass); TJ Reddick (drums)

Live at the Flat in Greenwich Village is Rossano Sportiello's regular 'gig'. Today's live stream, #31 in the series, presented Chopin in Jazz. Joining our NYC resident Italian pianist, two bright young things from Juilliard, Danish bassist Felix Moseholm, and TJ Reddick, a talented student drummer who has already worked with Wynton Marsalis. 

Sportiello suggested Chopin held a particular fascination for jazz musicians, the composer's work lending itself to improvisation. Mazurkas, nocturnes and preludes, Sportiello's unfailing elegance - musically and sartorially - would befit the concert stage, here in Greenwich Village he maintained the highest of standards, presenting the music as if to an attentive full house. An online full house did indeed listen attentively, as did our two Juilliard students. 

Bassist Moseholm, at 23 a future star, similarly drummer TJ Reddick, listened to Sportiello's recital-like performance, knowing precisely where to come in, the trio transforming nineteenth century piano compositions into swinging jazz pieces, at times reminiscent of Dave Brubeck or the MJQ, Sportiello effortlessly incorporating stride elements into his playing. 

Sportiello the established name, he couldn't have been more encouraging, saying he was convinced Felix and TJ had bright futures ahead of them. As a Chopin nocturne unfolded, Felix, mid-solo, heard our pianist say: Yes, play! And Felix played on, tremendous stuff! A prelude morphed into Oscar Peterson's Nighttime, we heard the brilliance, the elegance of OP, Chopin and Sportiello. For an encore, TJ put aside his brushes for the first time in favour of sticks to see the trio out on a swift What a Little Moonlight Can Do. Ten o'clock Sundays (that's 5:00pm EST) at Rossano Sportiello's flat, online (YouTube). It's a date.   
Russell

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