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Postage

16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

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

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

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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