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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Album review: Pat Thomas - Pat Thomas Plays The Duke

Pat Thomas (piano)

This is the NEWJAiM label's 13th    offering  and is a live recording taken from its parent event The Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2021.   

I was lucky enough to be in the actual audience for this concert (SEE REVIEW) and  I remember thoroughly enjoying the gig at the time and this CD is a wonderful reminder of that great evening, but even for those not present at the  Lit and Phil just over a year ago this recording still provides a worthwhile and highly enjoyable listen.  

Within each Ellington number selected the core of the tune can be easily identified but the amount of improvisation varies quite dramatically on a tune by tune basis. Opening in pure Ellingtonesque fashion  with Prelude to Kiss it floats along before Thomas starts to crank things up in a most exciting fashion. 

Black Butterfly is mellow throughout containing some wonderful cascading runs. Creole Love Call has an explosive start and much improvisation. Possibly my favourite Ellington tune is Come Sunday and Pat Thomas gives it the full respect it deserves giving it a fresh twist whilst maintaining its perfect melody. 

Drop Me Off In Harlem is a charming vigorous and humorous interpretation. Following on  Day Dream is slow and poignant with the occasional thump to make sure you don’t drift off. Rockin' in Rhythm is the most abstract piece on the album and if memory serves me correctly was played entirely using the inner workings of the piano. 

The penultimate two tunes Isfahan and Heaven are classic Ellingtonia slow, poignant, mellow and evocative – as good as it gets my notes say. Finally the album ends with a short but triumphant C Jam Blues.

This track based review gives a flavour of what to expect from the individual tunes but is not really the best way to fully appreciate the album which is simply to listen to it as it was experienced on the night - one glorious piece of music from  beginning to end full of nuance, intrigue and beauty.  Steve H


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