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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

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

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

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: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Sunday night @ the Globe: Matt Anderson Quartet - May 28

(© Ken Drew)
Matt Anderson (tenor sax); Jamil Sheriff (piano); Andy Champion (bass); Dave Walsh (drums).

The Globe was crowded even though it was one of those bank holidays that seem to turn up every other week. Perhaps folk are getting wise to the fact that there are better things to do than hanging around airports or being stuck in gridlocked traffic on these occasions.

Like listening to some live jazz by an ace quartet.

I've followed Matt Anderson's career with interest ever since I first heard him at the Scarborough Jazz Festival back in 2011 as well as via various albums and concerts in and around the north east that have seen him develop into a major player along the way.

Although the gig was part of a tour promoting his latest recording The Town and The City he didn't push it down our throats every five minutes as so many others do and he only actually played a couple of numbers from it. Sometimes the soft sell works better than the foot in the door approach.

After Wayne Shorter's Mister Weird they followed up with Joe Henderson's Punjab. I was unfamiliar with the tune and yet the opening two bars sounded very familiar (see graphic) then the penny dropped. That opening motif was a phrase that local trombonist the late Ronnie McLean invariably inserted into his solos. Irrespective of whether the tune was 12 bars or 32 bars those six notes in that order usually showed up somewhere along the line! As Ronnie had probably never heard of Joe Henderson (and vice versa) was this a case of great minds thinking alike?

Whatever, it was a fine Blue Note style romp. Sireen, was composed by Matt for his Armenian girl friend. A sombre introspective piece it wasn't exactly Nancy (with the laughing face) although it would be interesting to have some (English) words added to the compelling theme.

The Idiot, inspired by Dostoevsky's novel of the same name had an outstanding piano solo by Sheriff proving that he was no idiot before the set closed with Bud Powell's Celia. Out and out bebop with all four, like the audience, on a high.

Over the years I've invariably been knocked out by Andy Champion but his solo on Shorter's Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum was, even by his high standards, exceptional. He played more notes on double bass than, say, Tubby Hayes and Johnny Griffin combined did on tenor!

Prior to that we heard Monk's Bye-ya with Sheriff also on the money (lots of notes). Dave Walsh a powerhouse on drums driving hard on sticks, seducing softly on brushes, in short, a tower of strength.

Matt led from the front, setting the benchmark for everything that followed avoiding the trap of ending every number with a round of fours - less is more when it comes to fours!

A super session, a not to be missed one should they turn up in your neck of the woods. Lance  

Mister Weird; Punjab; Sireen; The Idiot; Celia; Bye-ya; Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum; New Old Blues; Dance Cadaverous; Green Shoots

1 comment :

Patti said...

What an ace gig this was! A packed house of very enthusiastic jazz fans loved every moment - the band were loving it too. Incidentally, Matt explained that 'Sireen' was a tribute to his Armenian fiancé, with the title an Armenian word for 'beautiful' - awww! 'Green Shoots' he told us was composed to celebrate the birth of his son, Robert - awwww, again!

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