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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Samara Joy @ Ronnie Scott's - Nov. 8

Samara Joy (vocals); Pasquale Grasso (guitar); Mathias Allamane (double bass); Alberto Chiozzi (drums)

Samara Joy first came to the attention of your reviewer thanks to Emmet Cohen streaming weekly concerts from his New York apartment. Week to week pianist Cohen continues to invite one or two guests to join his trio in what is always a high quality session: the quality of the audio-visual presentation is of professional standard, the music sublime. On one such occasion, the then Purchase College undergraduate Samara Joy sang some songs - and how!  Fast forward to November, Monday of this week to be precise, Ms Joy, who celebrates her twenty second birthday this week, made her bow at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. 

Samara Joy is currently on a first European tour and Frith Street, London, was on the itinerary. Supported by a world class trio - the peerless Pasquale Grasso, guitar, bassist Mathias Allamane and drummer Alberto Chiozzi - Ms Joy took to the stage to be greeted by a rapturous reception from a sell out crowd. From the opening lyrics to If You Never Fall in Love with Me (Sam Jones' Del Sasser), all present realised they were in the presence of the finest singer of her generation. Correction, the finest singer out there. The comparison, wholly justified, has been made with Sarah Vaughan. Ms Joy is a twenty first century Sassy! Think Ella, Billie, Carmen McRae, today's birthday girl is following in their footsteps. Poise, range, pitching, phrasing, Samara Joy has got it all. 

Stardust didn't frighten Ms Joy, songs recorded by Nat Cole - (It's Easy to See) The Trouble with You is Me and Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You - were given impeccable readings, Everything Happens to Me, sublime. This was some performance. Ms Joy spoke about Jon Faddis' guidance during her time at SUNY Purchase which led to our vocalist penning lyrics to Tadd Dameron's Nostalgia. Here at Ronnie's we heard Samara Joy 'singing' Fats Navarro's solo from 1958's Nostalgia album. Amazing, astounding, it begs the question: How can a twenty two year old sing like that?! Who knows? What is certain, Samara Joy is as good as they come. As her set drew to a close, Ms Joy was greeted with tumultuous applause. An encore demanded, an encore won, Samara Joy left us - she had a plane to catch! - with Come Rain or Come Shine. It had been a privilege.
Russell 
                              
Set list included: If You Never Fall in Love with MeStardust(It's Easy to See) The Trouble with Me is YouNostalgiaNothing Ever Changes My Love for YouBe My LoveLet's Dream in the MoonlightJimEverything Happens to MeCome Rain or Come Shine.

1 comment :

Lance said...

Love the description of Pasquale Grasso - peerless. One word says it all!

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