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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).

From This Moment On

JUNE

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: www.jazz.coop.

Friday, May 14, 2021

SNJO, Martin Kershaw/Anthony Braxton: Where Rivers Meet - May 14

(Photo © Derek Clark)
Prior to this evening's performance Martin Kershaw described Anthony Braxton's music as 'visual', the composer thinking in terms of shapes and colours. The SNJO's Where Rivers Meet in-house artist Maria Rud agreed, adding, the American's work could be considered 'architectural'. Kershaw suggested Braxton's work made for a perfect alliance of sound (the SNJO) and vision (Russian artist Rud).  

(Photo © Derek Clark)
Braxton's No.40 M, the first of three works arranged by Paul Harrison, hit the ground running. Straight in, preliminary skirmishes dispensed with, Kershaw's alto saxophone negotiating the composition's twists and turns, our soloist earlier suggesting the piece wasn't unlike a bebop head. The SNJO ensemble followed Kershaw's lead, firing on all cylinders.

No. 61 embraced jazz and a wider contemporary musical palette. Challenging music, no doubt (pianist Pete Johnstone counting aloud!), 'bone man Kieran McLeod soloing for all he was worth, drum and bass demons Cosker and Gourlay killing. 

No. 245's frenetic street-scene cacophony stretched the boundaries, Kershaw and ensemble rising to the occasion. Tellingly, SNJO artistic director Tommy Smith said the global lockdown had forced his hand in as much as star soloists from America and elsewhere weren't available for projects such as Where Rivers Meet, resulting in members of the band stepping up to the plate. To quote Smith: We can use our own people now. Use them he has - Kershaw this evening and earlier in this four part concert series, Paul Towndrow and Konrad Wiszniewski. Three outstanding soloists, the fourth and final soloist on Saturday evening will be Tommy Smith playing the music of Albert Ayler. The SNJO's MD has it all to do. 
Russell  

Set list: No.40 MNo.161; No.245.

Jim Davison, James Copus, Christos Stylinades (trumpets); Kieran McLeod, Liam Shortall, Michael Owers (trombones); Konrad Wiszniewski, Martin Kershaw, Paul Towndrow, Tommy Smith MD, Bill Fleming (reeds); Pete Johnstone (piano); Calum Gourlay (double bass); Alyn Cosker (drums)

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