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16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Jazz Festival Memories 6: Daryl Sherman and Cécile McLorin Salvant @ Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party 2013

A two singer gig featuring the reigning champ and the number one contender - Daryl Sherman and Cécile McLorin Salvant.

Daryl's career dated back to the last Artie Shaw Band whereas Cécile was the new kid on the block but already shooting high.

I'd first heard Daryl over a weekend in 2010 at the Saville (now the Exchange) in North Shields and the following night at Trinity Church, Gosforth. Digby Fairweather played trumpet on both sessions. I was captivated by her voice and her piano playing. There was just a touch of Blossom Dearie in there. Over the years we've had occasional contact online where she often displays her fascination with my name e.g. 'Lance - thanks a - lot' - priceless!

Cécile first came to my attention at this same venue (Village Hotel & Leisure Centre) back when it was the Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival. She was singing in a small offshoot away from the main hall and it was sardine full so I only heard enough to realise I was in the presence of a soon to be mega jazz star - I think it was a Billie Holiday tribute gig, or it may have been Bessie Smith - or both. Roly Veitch was on guitar - what a name to have on his palmares!

Our local songstress, Debra Milne secured an exclusive interview  with Cécile for BSH which can be read here:  Debra interview.

So, the scene was set for a memorable encounter. The theme was Lee Wiley and Daryl was able to tell many tales, as well as sing many numbers associated with Wiley. Cécile didn't have the stories but she knew the songs. Nobody could call this one. Possibly Daryl just clinched it by virtue of her piano playing. Not only were her vocal chops in the firing line but Jeff Barnhart was playing piano which meant she had to put up or shut up on two fronts!. Fortunately she met both challenges head on and everyone was happy, not least Lee Wiley who, if she was looking down from 'up there', probably thought that it was 'S Wonderful that she was being remembered by two such great singers duetting on a song she had herself recorded many years previous. A memorable afternoon - Lance

PS: in the photo Daryl is on the left, Cécile on the right with saxophonist Jean-Francois Bonnel - a regular at Whitley Bay - in the centre.

1 comment :

Daryl Sherman said...

Dearest Lance,
One more once, THANKS-A-LOT!
That Whitley Bay Fest with Cecile is absolutely one of my most treasured memories.
Thanks also to Mike Durham, I had a prior visit where I brought COLE (Porter)to NEWCASTLE via The Sage! I've seen Cecile only on occasion here in NYC but each time we fondly reminisce about sharing those wonderful Lee Wiley and Mildred Bailey songs. She'd just recently heard "Lull In My Life" but had never performed it. I played a bit of my arrangement for her and she was eager to try it. I don't know if you or anyone else in the audience could see this, but while I played piano for her remarkable singing, tears of joy and emotion flooded down my eyes. There's a video out there of that set and I'm forever grateful. Keep well and swinging y'all!

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