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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

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

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Album review: Alex Western-King - Sideslip

Alex Western King (tenor sax); James Copus (trumpet); Sam Leak (piano); Jonny Wickham (bass); Jay Davis (drums).

This is an album of two personalities. One is a bop balladeer from the ‘50s and the other is much more modern and challenging giving a suggestion of where Western-King might go on his next album.

The first two tracks exemplify this dichotomy; Make Way is relaxed with laid back piano and sax solos whilst Disorder Reordered does what it says on the tin. The latter has a disjointed, angular opening from bass and drums with Leak providing ‘Monk-ish’ interjections from somewhere behind them. The sax doesn’t come in until near the end as Western-King squalls over heavy riffing. This is lively stuff.

Joe Webb plays Art Tatum - June 12

(Screenshot by Russell)
Joe Webb (piano); Dave Archer (guitar); Will Sach (double bass)

It was in November last year when pianist Joe Webb's trio featuring guitarist Dave Archer and bassist Will Sach played a storming Art Tatum session at Kansas Smitty's. Fast forward to a glorious summer's afternoon in Joe's kitchen and there they were - Joe, Dave and Will - reprising their memorable London set. For the most part the set list mirrored the Kansas Smitty's performance. From I Got Rhythm to Flying Homethis was gob-smacking stuff.       

Saturday Night @ the 606: Xhosa Cole & Alex Hitchcock play Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis & Johnny Griffin's Live at Mintons - June 12

Xhosa Cole, Alex Hitchcock (tenor saxes); Deschanel Gordon (piano); Joe Downard (bass); Shane Forbes (drums).

This afternoon the soccer players of Wales and Switzerland waltzed to a 1 - 1 draw. There was no waltzing at the '606' tonight - on or off the stand. 

This was a good old-fashioned tenor joust that had the protagonists going for it toe to toe. No quarter asked, no quarter given. The same rules that applied when Johnny Griffin and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis (more or less) adhered to when they recorded the album tonight's session was based on.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

KSTV: Joni Mitchell's Shadows and Light - June 12

(Screenshot by Ken Drew)
Hattie Whitehead (vocals. guitar); Alec Harper (tenor sax); Will Barry (piano, keyboards); Flo Moore (bass); Jas Kayser (drums); João Caetano (percussion) 

A Kansas Smitty's session with a distinct folk element. Joni Mitchell the subject, Hattie Whitehead charged with the responsibility of doing justice to the Canadian's songbook, this Saturday evening would prove to be on the mellow side. The late seventies' release of Shadows and Light arose thanks to on the road recordings made during Mitchell's tour of her Mingus album featuring several jazz heavyweights including Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. 

Sunday Night @ The Globe (June 13, 8:00pm)

(Press release)

Charlotte Keeffe’s unique approach and passion for jazz, experimental and freely improvised music sees her performing regularly as a soloist and as part of a variety of different ensembles, including her own Quartet. The Charlotte Keeffe Quartet performed a sell-out performance at Lancaster Jazz Festival in 2019 and their live recording from Jazz in the Round has been played regularly on radio stations across the UK and internationally.

Her Quartet features Ashley John Long on double bass, Ben Handysides on drums, Moss Freed on guitar and herself on trumpet and flugelhorn; they explore merging together Charlotte’s more composed music with free improvising. The Charlotte Keeffe Quartet can be heard on Discus Music’s Right Here, Right Now (spring 2021) release, alongside a selection of her improvised works for solo, duo and large ensembles.

Aycliffe Radio Jazz Time - Playlist June 13

This week celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Erroll Garner, and so there is a thread of his tracks (some requested) throughout the programme.

Other tracks on this week's playlist are: 

MJQ + Branford Marsalis; Joe Pass; Dean Stockdale; Cannonball Adderley; Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord, (soon to be live throughout the North East).

New Releases: Christian Garrick Quartet; Marita; Slide Attack. 

Adrian Cox Quartet with Samantha Wright; Matt Carmichael, Fergus McCreadie; Chick Corea; Sarah Vaughan Clifford Brown; The Vieux Carré Jazzmen. Mike Dixon.

A Tribute to Gerry Hughes @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough - June 12

 
Kevin Eland (trumpet, flugelhorn); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Ian Bosworth (guitar); Dave Archibald (keyboards); Paul Dickerson (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums) 

When Gerry Hughes died some months ago his many musician friends determined to celebrate his life by organising a day filled with music and happy memories. The Tees Hot Club bassist would have been amazed by the huge crowd assembled today on the sports field at Dorman's Club in Middlesbrough. 

My Kind of Radio - Chicago is ...

Just been listening to Denny Farrell's Late Night Chicago Radio show. This guy really is the coolest jazz jock of them all. His voice, as he chats between numbers, is so laid back it's almost like hearing Sinatra singing  a ballad.

Frank wasn't on the show tonight but Vic Damone was singing about the Southside of Chicago. There was also a snippet from an interview Denny did many years ago with Vic who confirmed that he did audition for Perry Como in an elevator when he, Vic, was the elevator operator. Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

Friday, June 11, 2021

Album review: Snorre Kirk Quartet - Going Up

Stephen Riley (tenor sax); Magnus Hjorth (piano); Anders Fjeldsted (bass); Snorre Kirk (drums) + Jan Harbeck (tenor sax).

When Count Basie was asked to define swing he replied "Four beats to the bar and no cheating" which, all these years later, is exactly what we get here in this lovely album from Denmark. Totally different to the usual Scandinavian concept of jazz, it really does swing which is in no small part due to the drumming of the leader, his compositions and the Ben Websterish sound (without the rough edges) of American tenor player Riley.

Emma-Jean & Van the Man, tonite at ten

Tonight's edition of Later...with Jools Holland features Emma-Jean Thackray performing a track from her debut album Yellow. Thackray will be in concert at Sage Gateshead next year on Friday 4 March. And veteran sometime blues singer Van Morrison has a 42nd studio album to promote. BBC 2, ten o'clock. 
Russell

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Album review: Archipelago - Echoes To The Sky

Faye MacCalman (tenor sax, clarinet, synth, vocals); John Pope (bass guitar, fx, vocals); Christian Alderson (drums, percussion).

A genre busting album with various twists and turns flowing richly throughout.  Folk, indie, electronic and free jazz all surface not just on individual tracks but within pieces too. For example, the longest piece on the album Gold starts with an electronic intro  the clarinet then takes over with an eastern style theme all the while there is a terrific bass groove driving proceedings. I even detected a hint of prog rock within the piece. 

There are three tracks (Waiting, Wake Up and Burn On) featuring MacCalman on vocals providing further depth and variety. MacCalman is responsible for penning all the vocals and the music apart from 3 tracks (Wine Dark Sea, Undercurrent, Silhouette) jointly written with the other band members.

It's Record Store Day, again...

Tomorrow is Record Store Day. The pandemic has played havoc with the annual celebration/promotion of independent record shops. Usually held in April, this year the event will take place tomorrow (Saturday 12) and again on July 17. Hundreds of stores will be participating in the event and, believe it or not, outside some shops collectors form a queue, determined to acquire the latest 'must-have' item. 

Reminiscing in (and out of ) Tempo by Andy Hudson - Part One.

The indefatigable Lance in his search for jazz titbits to fill this splendid publication has asked me to make some contributions based on my hazy career part of which was intimately linked with the jazz genre.

A bit of context - at school in Yorkshire in the early 1960s, I started a trad band (2 of the players were teachers) and most of the rest were not improvisers but learned by rote the licks and solos that I prepped for them on manuscript. Then in ’65, arriving in Newcastle to study Chemistry at the University, I started a swing band and also via the Uni Jazz Society put on a few concerts.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Album review: Samara Joy - Samara Joy.

Samara Joy (vocals); Pasquale Grasso (guitar); Ari Roland (bass); Kenny Washington (drums).

This year has been absolutely outstanding on the vocal front. Sarah Moule; Veronica Swift; Wilma Baan, to mention but three, have set my pulses racing - now there's another!

Samara Joy aced the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competion and now, at the ripe old age of 21, releases her debut album - it's an absolute killer!

That most of the songs were written before her mother, maybe even her grandmother, was born is irrelevant. It may sound clichéd but she really does revitalise these gassers. A typical example being Everything Happens to me. The ballad, normally taken at a soporific tempo, is given a medium to up boot that does no harm at all.

Dean Stockdale Trio lunchtime concert at the Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee

(Press release)

Jazz at The Lubetkin are delighted to welcome back The Dean Stockdale Trio for our first live music event of 2021!

Featuring Dean Stockdale on piano, Mick Shoulder on bass and Abbie Finn on drums, the trio will bring us a lunchtime hour of swinging, straight ahead jazz.

Edinburgh Update

10 Days 20 Live Concerts At Assembly Roxy 40+ Online Concerts On Sale Now!




Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Album review: Joel Frahm - The Bright Side.

Joel Frahm (tenor/soprano saxes); Dan Loomis (bass); Ernesto Cervini (drums).

Gone are the days when, awestruck, our jaws would drop and look on in amazement as, say, tenor players such as Tubby Hayes or Johnny Griffin navigated the changes at breakneck speed and, in the process played more notes in one chorus than many a lesser musician would play in a month.

Another Side of John Coltrane examines the trailblazing saxophonist’s work as a sideman

(Press release)

New collection includes Coltrane’s work with such jazz greats as Miles Davis,

Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor

Set for release August 20th on 2-LP, CD and digital formats via Craft Recordings

Instant grat. single “Oleo” (with The Miles Davis Quintet) available today

Click here to pre-order/pre-save the album


Los Angeles, CA (June 9th, 2021) —While John Coltrane’s legacy largely focuses on his innovative and influential work as a leader, the saxophonist and composer began his career as a highly respected sideman, who rose to fame playing alongside some of the greatest names in jazz. Craft Recordings’ forthcoming release, Another Side of John Coltrane, explores this aspect of the trailblazing artist’s career and spotlights some of his best work in sessions led by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Tadd Dameron, and Art Taylor.

Notes from the frontline: A Celebration and Appreciation of NHS Key Workers - Press Release.

Harnessing the therapeutic power of music to heal trauma of health care in the COVID-19 pandemic.

ONLINE, SUNDAY 21 JUNE, 2PM BST - The North East and North Cumbria Healthcare Staff Wellbeing Hub is delighted to announce a celebratory day of music to help heroic NHS key workers process the trauma of working on the front lines during the global COVID-19 pandemic. This free online event is a collaboration between NHS singer-songwriters and world-renowned composers and musicians. There are some new co-produced songs representing staff across different health sectors and their experiences over the last 18 months. The event will be supported by musicians such as Sting, Eric Clapton, KT Tunstall, Nadine Benjamin, Calista Kazuko and Matthew Sheeran, brought together by the Connection Through Music Volunteers.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Eleven Jazz Coffee Table Photo Books

Jazz and photography have always seemed to me to be natural bedfellows. Sometimes, if the photographer (jazzographer?) captures the right moment, the player's expression tells you almost as much as the actual music does. Some musicians are naturally photogenic - whether by accident or intent - they are a photographer's dream.

BSH is proud to have had access to some superb shots from Ken Drew, Malcolm Sinclair and other hotshots both past and present. Even when restricted to screenshots, Ken Drew's collages are achieving legendary status.

However, this exercise isn't about the present but a look at some of the classic photo books I've collected over the years.

Birdland for .99 cents!

(Press release)

New York, NY - On July 1, 2021 Birdland, the jazz corner of the world and a New York institution, will open its doors to the public for the first time since March 2020. To mark the grand reopening, Birdland is bringing back 1949 prices as a thank you to returning patrons. Catch Birdland favorites Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, The Lineup with Susie Mosher, and David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band all month long for only .99 cents when booked in advance! 

Press release from Copasetic Foundation

(Press release)

Summer’s here – at last - and finally the music scene is opening up again.  Nonetheless, all the venues below are still taking the pandemic very seriously and assure us that these concerts are safe for customers and musicians alike.  

Tues 3 August Pizza Express, Dean St London W1:  Quintet Blue, featuring Denys Baptiste (tenor sax) and Nigel Price (guitar).  Two of the UK’s greatest jazz improvisers join forces with a rhythm section led by Alex Webb to play the grooviest music of the 50s and 60s - tunes by Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, Ahmad Jamal and lots of blues! For tickets and info

Monday, June 07, 2021

Album review: Mario Bakuna Band - Brazilian Landscapes

Mario Bakuna (guitar/vocals/trumpet vocals); Sam Watts (piano); Matheus Nova (bass); Marcinho Pereira (drums).

Brazilian born, now London based, Bakuna has had a much-travelled career. Not just in his own country but also at various festivals around the world. That he is a worthy musical ambassador is well-demonstrated in this jaunty album.

The rhythms are infectious, proving that there is more to Brazil than the bossa nova. The blurb describes Brazil as the most musically-rich country in the world and they may well be right.

Gerry Hughes Tribute Event at Dormans Club

A tribute to the late Gerry Hughes will take place at Dormans Club Middlesbrough on Saturday June 12.

Two sessions are planned, an afternoon outdoor session starting at 12:00 noon with various singers and musicians, followed by an hour and a half of Jazz from 2:00pm. This will be provided by Ian Bosworth (guitar); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Paul Dickerson (Bass); and Mark Hawkins (drums).

A separate indoor session will be held on the night with entertainment from various blues bands.

Tickets will be £5 for each session. These can be obtained from Dormans Club along with any further information. Tel. No. 01642 823813.
Ron Hampton

LP auction coming up.

(I received this post from Len Gatoff, long retired drummer from the early days of jazz in the north east who I know from interval conversations at The Cherry Tree and via our mutual friendship with Maurice Summerfield - Lance)

I would be very grateful for your help by using your website to promote the sale of my LP collection.

The collection is due to go on sale at Anderson and Garland auctioneers at 10:00 am on  July 8.
There are over 100 LPs all in their original covers.

On the roof count is: Count Basie seven, other big bands 13 including Buddy Rich, Gene Harris, Frankie Capp's Juggernaut and Lionel Hampton.

Sunday Night @ The Globe: Ali Affleck & Friends - June 6

(Photos by Russell
Collage by Lance)
Ali Affleck (vocals); Colin Steele (trumpet); Roy Percy (bass); Bradley Johnston (guitar).

House of the Black Gardenia on Saturday and Ali Affleck and Friends on Sunday! What a feast for those who like their jazz to be from an earlier era.

Affleck, a vivacious American, based in Scotland but with both French and Australian ancestry (legendary operatic diva Dame Nellie Melba is Ali's great great aunt!) is truly at home in her chosen idiom - twenties/thirties jazz and blues.

Not just a singer, this most personable lady is also an entertainer who knows how to work a room by introducing each number with a story or an anecdote that nicely links the songs together.

Sunday, June 06, 2021

The Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick - June 6

(Photo by Russell)
John Faragher (clarinet, vocals); ? (trumpet); Ruth Alder-Bateman (piano, vocals); Brian Martin (banjo); Brian Smith (double bass); Les Turnbull (drums)

A new Sunday afternoon session in Berwick upon Tweed, new to BSH, that is, prompted a first visit to the Radio Rooms. Little did your correspondent know the old bridge across the Tweed was closed for repairs which necessitated a detour over the Royal Tweed Bridge. Oh, well, at least the sun was shining! 

Aycliffe Radio: tonight's Jazz Time playlist

June 15 sees the 100th anniversary of the birth of Erroll Garner. what is your favourite Garner track - let me know?

Sunday June 6 Playlist:

Sidney Bechet; Louis Armstrong Ella Fitzgerald; Rebecca Ferguson; 

Laurence Bell's selection:

Chris Barber/Ottilie Patterson; Colosseum; Humphrey Lyttelton; Courtney Pine; Scott Joplin.

Fats Waller; David Sanborn Group; Dave Holland; Mary Lou Williams and Oscar Peterson; Dexter Gordon; Miles Davis ; Benny Goodman and his Orchestra. 

Mike Dixon

KSTV: The Music of Billy Strayhorn -- June 5

(Collage by Ken Drew)
Both Russell and myself were at The House of the Black Gardenia last night so we missed out on the going-ons being streamed from Cadogan Hall, 606 and Kansas Smitty's. However, BSH's ace screenshooter Ken Drew was (virtually) at the latter venue via KSTV and sent us this livestream collage of the gig which celebrated the music of Billy Strayhorn.

The musicians involved were: Giacomo Smith (alto sax); Noah Stoneman (piano); Ferg Ireland (bass); Will Cleasby (drums) + special guest: Laura Jurd (trumpet). Lance

Another Super Sunday Special Tonight!

The Jazz Co-op Sunday night sessions at The Globe are nothing if not varied and tonight is no exception. Vocalist Ali Affleck, renowned trumpet player Colin Steele, in-demand bassist Roy Percy and, stepping in tonight for guitarist Michael Littlefield, the ever brilliant Bradley Johnston they will no doubt provide, and I quote, "... a great way to finish off a summery weekend on Sunday night... old-time swing, blues and ragtime..." * Don't forget though that if you're planning to attend in person, booking is essential. This can be be done by following the link below. Lance

* Debra Milne on Twitter.

Tickets - more info.

Julija Jacenaite @ The Prohibition Bar - June 5

(Screenshot by Russell)
Julija Jacenaite (vocals); Alan Law (piano)

Arriving hot foot from the House of the Black Gardenia's gig in the Ouseburn Valley, it was thanks to Prohibition Bar's ever-obliging proprietor Mitch that a table for two became available at an otherwise full house down on Pink Lane. 


As a bottle of the house beer arrived (table-service only!) Julija Jacenaite's first set came to a close. Looking around the room, it became apparent this evening's patrons, with one or two exceptions, weren't regulars on the Tyneside jazz scene. A second set flew by, a third set would follow. 

Saturday, June 05, 2021

House of the Black Gardenia @ The Cumberland, Newcastle - June 5

(Picture by Russell)
Elise Rana (vocals, washboard); Pete Tanton (trumpet); David Gray (trombone); Keith Robinson (tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet, flute); Katja Roberts (violin); Elliott Rush (piano); Michael Littlefield (guitar, banjo, vocals); Neil Hopper (bass, sousaphone); Kit Haigh (drums, guitar, vocals).

Jazz on a summer's day? Great idea, maybe shoot a movie! I see, they've already done that? Then let's do another one.

Here's the synopsis: We get a band playing hot, bluesy, pre-war swing in a pub garden where the ale is flowing faster than the waters of the nearby Tyne and sometimes tastes better.

The above scenario was, of course, inspired by the fact that the Black Gardenia, House of, were back in town and, if such a film was ever made (and there was a very professional looking geezer with camera and tripod going around shooting pics...), this early evening session would certainly fit the bill.

Live from Joe's - June 5

(Screenshot by Russell)
Joe Webb (piano); Will Sach (double bass); Ella Hohnen-Ford (vocals)   

Live from Joe's, two o'clock Saturdays. This afternoon Joe Webb once again welcomed bassist Will Sach and special guest, Royal Academy of Music graduate, vocalist Ella Hohnen-Ford. Summery, casual, relaxed, a brew at hand, Joe once again demonstrated why he is in the top echelon of British pianists. Behind every great pianist you're likely to find American bassist Will Sach (see photo, Will positioned behind Joe, Ella in the foreground), these two young men could swing the proverbial off any tune you care to name, Joe effortlessly sounding like Nat Cole, Jelly Roll Morton and Art Tatum all in one. 

Knats in Nunsmoor Park - June 4

(Photo by Russell)
Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Josh Mitchell-Rayner (keyboards); Stan Woodward (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums)

A socially distanced Friday evening in Nunsmoor Park (as the crow flies not too far from St James's Park, home to Newcastle United), pizza, beer, conversation, what's not to like? We were there to listen to four young musicians calling themselves Knats. BSH knew one of the quartet, otherwise they were an unknown quantity. A basic stage area, an awning affording the musicians a degree of protection from the elements - on this occasion from an early evening sun rather than rain - Knats were looking keen, far from mean, and ready to go...

Friday, June 04, 2021

Album review: Vinnie Riccitelli - For the Record

You haven't heard of Vinnie Riccitelli? You're not alone, neither had I until this album arrived even though he's now 94 and been playing professionally since he was 15. The blurb refers to him as being one of the best kept secrets in jazz - the last album recorded under his name was released in 1956!

Not that he's been discovered working in a rice field, far from it. He only stopped playing alto professionally in 2018 after a career that had lasted 77 years! Since retiring, he's revisited the past and assembled this outstanding octet to record some of his classic arrangements.

Jo Harrop - Mary Janes and a Brand New Hat

(Press release)

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Jo Harrop has proudly revealed her new single ‘Red Mary Janes And A Brand New Hat’, the second track from her much-anticipated new studio album, The Heart Wants, due for release October 2021 on Lateralize Records.

Recorded in London and produced by Hannah V (who has worked with everyone from JP Cooper to Stormzy), ‘Red Mary Janes And A Brand New Hat’ was written by Harrop, Hannah V and Natalie Williams and features Jason Rebello (piano), Troy Miller (drums), Jihad Darwish (bass) and Jamie McCredie (guitar).

Edinburgh 2021

 (Press release)

On Tuesday 8 June at noon we will announce the programme for the 2021 edition of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, with tickets going on sale at 10am on Thursday 10 June

The festival will run from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 July with over 40 different concerts. The programme boasts performances from established acts from across the spectrum of jazz and blues and brilliant opportunities to explore a range of music from the two scenes. You will have the choice of:

Viewing online
Pre-recorded concerts or live streams from Assembly Roxy. You can purchase a Festival Pass or buy an individual ticket. Concerts will be available for 3 days so you can view at your leisure.

Roy Gibson Funeral Update

The funeral of pianist Roy Gibson who died on May 23 at the age of 87 will take place at 11:15am on June 8 at Tynemouth Crematorium.

No further details. Lance

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Album review: Hal Galper Quintet - Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977

Hal Galper (piano); Randy Brecker (trumpet/flugel); Michael Brecker (tenor sax); Wayne Dockery (bass); Bob Moses (drums).

Six tracks - the shortest at 9:31, the longest at 24:36 - spread over two CDs recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonic in 1977 gave me the feeling of being there. This feeling helped on by the audience's enthusiasm.

If Michael Brecker had blown these choruses at a JATP concert 30 years earlier he'd have been accused of exhibitionism or playing to the crowd. However, by this time, such pyrothechnics had been absorbed into most saxophonists' lexicon and regarded as the norm although few, if any,  did it anywhere near as well as Brecker.

Ian Shaw sings Skylark, talks Debussy, Whistler & more - June 3

On today's In Tune (BBC Radio 3) Ian Shaw sang, played piano and chatted to presenter Katie Derham (pictured). Guitarist David Preston accompanied Shaw on the singer's own arrangement of Skylark. A recording of Shaw's My Brother (Mick Hutton, bass, David Ohm, drums) featured the composer at the piano, at the piano in the studio Shaw sang Jimmy Van Heusen's I Thought About  You, once again accompanied by Preston. 

Album review: Nigel Price Organ Trio - Wes Reimagined

Hearing Nigel Price live is a thrilling experience, listening to a recording of the award-winning guitarist is the next best thing. If you're familiar with Price's work, the title of his latest album, Wes Reimagined, will be self-explanatory. Wes Montgomery is something of a hero to our man and this new release on Ubuntu Music will find favour with fans of jazz guitar, particularly in the classic organ trio format.

Album review: Emil de Waal - Vente

Emil de Waal (drums); Elith 'Nulle' Nykjær (clarinet);  Dan Hemmer (B3); Gustaf Ljunggren (clarinet/guitar).

Four great Danes playing some great chamber-jazz. Clarinet isn't the usual horn to front a B3 combo but 84-year-old Nykjær makes it sound like a natural musical mating. In fact, on the opening Peg o' My Heart we have two clarinetists with multi-instrumentalist Ljunggren adding some additional liquorice.

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Stuck Inside - Quarantine Lament


Ernesto Cervini out in Canada sent me this - something that pretty much typifies what the world is surely feeling.

Let Ernesto tell it: "About a year ago I wrote this little jazz tune about the lockdown.  I asked my dear friend, and Orange Grove social media guru Jenna Marie to write some lyrics to it, and we came up with Stuck Inside.

Information please ...

Looking for information on Manchester drummer Mike Scott who gigged with pianist Malcolm Saul in the 1970s.

Can anyone help? Lance


Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Lampglass Club in Ashington

John Taylor who, for many years, organised the late, lamented, Ashington Jazz Club has opined that if and when Covid restrictions are lifted then venues may be looking to diversify the genres. The Jazz Co-op and The Globe have, of course, been successfully operating just such a policy since the world as we know it came to an end.

With the graphic, John reminds us of how things were 50+ years ago at The Lampglass Cellar Club in Ashington and wonders if there's anyone out there who remembers Clem Avery's band on that night. Lance

Album review: Joe Williams - Four Classic Albums

Four albums recorded in a four year period in the late fifties capture Joe Williams at a career highpoint. Working with the Count Basie Orchestra, Williams' distinctive baritone voice lent itself to fronting a big band and singing the blues. The titles of the LPs (originally released on the Vanguard and Roulette labels) encapsulate Williams' working environment and popular appeal - A Night at Count Basie's (Basie's club in Harlem, NYC, backed by organist Marlowe Morris' small group featuring trumpeter Emmett Berry), A Man Ain't Supposed to Cry (Williams positioning himself as the vulnerable singer of ballads with orchestral string arrangements by Jimmy Mundy), Every Day I Have the Blues (the title track became Williams' signature tune with the Basie band) and Just the Blues (a recording featuring Basie playing piano and organ). 

THE GLOBE SHORTLISTED IN NATIONAL AWARDS - your last chance to vote.

(Press release)

Newcastle’s community-owned music venue The Globe has been shortlisted for a Co-op of the Year Award – a prestigious accolade that honours co-ops across the UK who have shown a commitment to the co-operative principles, stepping up and supporting their communities during the pandemic.

Dave Parker, co-chair of the co-op that owns The Globe, said, “We’re so excited to be one of just five co-ops shortlisted for the Small Community Co-op of the Year Award. The winners will be decided by a public vote – so we’re a

The Great Song Cycle, Down Under - a Documentary by Joanna Wallfisch


A compelling film by a singer, composer, writer, cyclist and, undoubtedly, adventurer who I had the pleasure of meeting at The Spice of Life some years back little realising the projects she would embark upon.

Well done Joanna.
Lance

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