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16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

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Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Friday, April 22, 2022

Album review: Trish Clowes - A View With A Room

Trish Clowes  (soprano/tenor sax}; Chris Montague (guitar); Ross Stanley (piano/Rhodes/B3); James Maddren (drums).

The more perceptive amongst you will have worked out from the title that this is a pandemic lockdown album and I am advised that 7 of the 8 tracks were composed for online livestreams during various lockdowns. 

Trish Clowes is one of an ever expanding bunch of still fairly young composers and performers who are doing things in the UK that keeps jazz interesting and evolving. I feel that much of this music has left behind most of what is coming from the American colonies that doesn’t sound too far removed from the sounds of the 1960s. Within the financial constraints of the British jazz scene she has been a regular recorder and her tours have usually included a date in the north east. I fondly recall a date in the Northern Rock Hall at the Sage when she was touring one of her albums, probably In The Night-Time She Is There or Pocket Compass.

For this album she is joined again by fellow members of her ‘My Iris’ Quartet who have featured on her recent albums. Time was when a jazz group without a bass player was an unusual beast; not so much now. With this group there is either the space for the soloists to work into or there are drones on the guitar or long held notes on the organ to provide a wash for the others to work their artistry in front of.

The opening title reminds us of the constraints of lockdown in its stiff marching snare drum and matching piano opening whilst successive solos on sax, piano and guitar suggest freedom beyond the curtains. Clowes then comes back in with a brasher, bolder more expansive solo; the escape at the end of lockdown.

At times she has a warm round tone which harks back to the early players such as Ben Webster but she can also add a harshness to her tone and it’s that contrast that works so well to provide different ideas across her two solos on A View With a Room.

Next up, The Ness is a seascape inspired by images of a film shot along the Fife coast and the group have captured both the peace and the fury of the seashore before gentle waves close it out.

Amber is for Amber Bauer, CEO of Donate4Refugees and its angularity is suggestive of someone who probably needs more than a regiment’s quota of elbows to get anything done in a world where the Home Office in its current form operates. Ross Stanley’s left hand on the piano provides the elbows and his and Clowes’ solos provide further spikiness. I may be doing Ms Bauer a grave injustice here in ascribing certain personal attributes to her, but I suspect I’m not.

Morning Song is a pastoral ballad that eases us through soft, early sunrise into the day. Clowes gives us a full, warm tenor tone and Stanley a trickling, ruminative solo before Montague’s guitar builds on the atmosphere to take us home.

No Idea lets the guitarist loose in the space that the sparer rhythm section creates before he drops out and Stanley joins in to push Clowes into some of her strongest blowing on the record. Ayana, by way of contrast is quieter, exploratory. This time it is the sax providing the insistent rhythmic motif on which the guitar and piano overlay long runs of notes, together and separately before the piano drops back and the sax comes forward. Structurally, it’s very clever the way that the instruments move back and forth in the mix whilst maintain the mood and the pulse of the piece.

Time has a lovely pastoral feel to it, suggestive of time standing still, as it did for so many of us in the last two years. Languid, in waltz time. The closer, Almost, starts with as a series of disconnected fragments that stealthily stitch themselves together as the themes develop. Is this another exploration of what opening up means as people come together after the lockdowns?

In summary, I really like this album and would give it lots of stars if we did that sort of thing on BSH.

Trish has a website HERE and you will see her tour dates on there, including a visit to The Globe in Newcastle on the 15th of May, and you can get tickets through The Globe website AT THIS PAGE - Dave Sayer

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