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15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Saturday, April 29, 2023

CD Review: Joanie Pallatto – Accidental Melody featuring Fareed Haque

Joanie Pallatto (vocals); Fareed Haque (classical, electric, steel string guitars); John Christensen (acoustic bass); Eric Hines, Juan Pastor (percussion); Bradley Parker-Sparrow (piano tracks 6,10)

This CD provides a feast of Latin jazz, original songs sung in a pleasing delicately-toned voice, to skilled accompaniment, including of course the typical Latin percussion. The music and lyrics are mostly the work of our singer with some input from her husband Bradley Parker-Sparrow and also Fareed Haque. The lyrics are philosophical, romantic and quite clever.

For instance the opening track Surrender is all about going with the flow, a relaxed song with some spoken lines, some wordless singing and superb guitar; Accidental Melody is a salsa; Apart comments on the pandemic and is slower and reflective; A Shooting Star has a tango feel, with high speed guitar and a bass solo.

The Melody of You is a love song with just voice and piano; The Cuckoo Clock is a duet with guitar, the latter amusingly imitating a cuckoo clock; Sound is a cleverly improvised track sung to random instrumental sounds; Lafayette concerns a journey and the album is neatly rounded off with a slower Latin song about the pandemic, which fades out gradually with wordless singing.

This is actually the thirteenth CD by Ms Pallatto and the fourth album of all original music. She has been a mainstay on the Chicago music scene for more than 44 years and has run a recording studio with her husband for almost 40 years so has expertise in music production. She is a versatile singer who has also sung jingles for commercials and does voice-over work. She hails from a musical family and  has performed as a jazz vocalist in Chicago and New York City.

The album will be released on May 19 on the Southport Records label and will be available via most sources. Ann Alex

Surrender; Accidental Melody; Apart; You Think You Know; A Shooting Star; The Melody of You; Don't Ever Look For Love; The Cuckoo Clock; In the Middle Of Life; Sound; Lafayette; Keeping Track of Time; The Lost Year


Joanie Pallatto said...

Thanks a million for the review of my new CD, Accidental Melody! I'm thrilled to be in such good company! With Music and Appreciation, Joanie Pallatto

Lance said...

Well Joanie, I can't, in honesty, take the credit as it was written by one of my colleagues - Ann Alex. Still, I respect and agree with Ann's judgement so thank you.

Joanie Pallatto said...

Lance, I'm glad you agree with Ann Alex! Yes, I saw her name in the review. Please pass along my sincere thanks.

Ann Alex said...

Pleased to be of service. I enjoyed the CD very much

Joanie Pallatto said...

Ann, it's so nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for your beautiful words!

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