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13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, October 01, 2021

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Robert Mitchell @ the Lit & Phil - Oct. 1

(Photo © Ken Drew)
Robert Mitchell (piano)

A delightful hour listening to a pianist whose charm was only equalled by his, often quite emotive piano playing.

It was very much an improvised performance albeit, not always jazz as we know it - whatever that may be (if you've gotta ask lady ...). In a blindfold test it could easily be mistaken for a previously undiscovered recording of a classical concert. Jazz piano doesn't have to be awash with ten note chords or harplike plucking of the instrument's intestines or even some retrospect stride.

He set his stall out early with Geri Allen's Rain. A sparse introduction, gradually building up to a climax then subsiding as the 'rain' gave way and the clouds disappeared.

The clouds returned in the form of a piece he described as, an improvisation for Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard. Not surprisingly, the applause at the end was loud and long - both for the sentiments and the sadness as well as the musical picture painted.

Prélude No. 6 for the Left Hand by Federico Mompou had Mitchell doing exactly what it said on the tin reminding us that he once played a concert in this very room using just the one hand. A local jazz pianist once did a similar thing at the Jazz Café albeit under different circumstances - he'd fallen off a wall the night before!

A Japanese inspired piece - Kinsugi was followed by The Embrace an end of concert finale incorporating multiple glissandos up and down the keyboard - pure showboating and I loved it.

Of course it's never over until it's over and the concert ended with A Kinder Moon, A Wiser Place. I left feeling those sentiments summed up something that was rather special - Lance.

1 comment :

rm said...

Thanks so much Lance - good to see you!

(Last piece pre encore was - The Empath (and not the Embrace).


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