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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 ...


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.

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: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Album review: Tyler Mitchell Octet - Sun Ra's Journey Featuring Marshall Allen

Tyler Mitchell (bass); Marshall Allen (alto sax, EVI); Chris Hemingway (tenor sax); Nicoletta Manzini (alto sax); Giveton Gelin (trumpet); Farid Barron (piano); Wayne Smith (drums); Ron McBee, Elson Nacimento (perc.)

I  must confess that I never listened to much of the Sun Ra Arkestra. In fact I doubt if I listened to them at all! All the hocus-pocus about being from Saturn and the strange costumes were a complete turn off for me.

However, the discovery that he had history with Fletcher Henderson made me think again and when I heard the Tenement Jazz Band, who never got closer to Saturn than Edinburgh, playing one of Sun Ra's compositions - Chocolate Avenue - I greeted this album with less suspicion than I may otherwise  have done.

Tyler Mitchell, Marshall Allen and the rhythm section are all alumni of  the urban spaceman and this is the former's tribute to his galactic master.

There's little if any Fletcher Henderson here and even less of the Tenements but still plenty of good, honest, jazz. When the music does head off beyond Birdland's gravitational pull the resultant sounds, chaotic and, frantic as they are, sound just right. Any mouldy olde figges, and I suppose that these days us old beboppers come into the second or third generation of that category, might come to realise that jazz didn't end with the death of Jelly Roll, Louis, Duke, Bird or Trane but that, thanks to their groundwork, it continues to develop.

Mitchell's bass playing, as well as his compositions and arrangements, are no less than the project deserved whilst Allen's alto sound is totally his own. Dark, fluffy, almost as if Coleman Hawkins had played alto, it is original and a not unattractive alternative to the more traditional sounds of Parker, Pepper, Desmond, Woods etc.

Certainly the music of Sun Ra, on the strength of this album, deserves its place in the jazz hierarchy. Where exactly is up to you - the listener. Lance

Release date: Jan. 20 on Cellar Music Group.

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