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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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Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Album review: Gábor Bolla - On The Move

Gábor Bolla (tenor/sop sax); Robert Lakotas (piano); Daniel Franck (bass); Billy Drummond (drums)

Just as Sweden was in the early part of the 1950s, in later years the epicentre of Scandinavian jazz swung, and I use the word advisedly, to Denmark and, in particular, Copenhagen.

The Jazzhuis Montmartre was for many years continental Europe's counterpart to Birdland or Ronnie Scott's and provided regular gigs for expat American jazzmen such as Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Ben Webster, Brew Moore, Bud Powell and many more.

Time has taken its toll on those giants who framed the structure of modern jazz - those prophets without honour in their own country - but, nevertheless, Denmark is still a player albeit perhaps not to the extent it was in days of yore but which country/capital is?

This superb album by a 33 year-old Hungarian sax player who made his home in the Danish capital after winning awards in Hungary and placing high  in the Montreux International Jazz Saxophone Competition may go someway to redress the balance.

To put it simply, Bolla can and could hold his own with giants past, present and, I'm sure, future. He has that beautiful tone - fatter than Lester, thinner than Ben - a sound that for me is what a tenor sax should sound like. Not that this is some retro take - when the occasion demands it he's up there in sopranino territory - he's as modern as modern is whilst still retaining a grasp of the whole picture.

Needless to say, the trio are also top notch providing support and solos to match the leader. American drummer Drummond drives it along, Lakotas is inspired and Franck, although actually Swedish, upholds Denmark's reputation for producing great bassists.

The material has five Bolla originals along with Strayhorn's Chelsea Bridge, Monk's We See, J. J. Johnson's Lament and (my favourite) Ellis Marsalis' Swingin' at the Haven.

Interesting to see if the jazz mags pick up on this one - they should do and start counting stars - Lance
 
Available in UK on Feb 22 (Stunt Records - CD or vinyl).

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