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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.


Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 02: Musicians Unlimited @ West Hartlepool RFC, Hartlepool. 12 noon. Two sets (12 noon-1:00pm & 2:00-3:00pm). ‘Sunday Big Band Blast meets WHRFC’s Classic Car Show’.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 02: Mark Williams Trio @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 02: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. A 'pint sized' NCRO gig/rehearsal session feat. Dave Hignett, Jim McBriarty, Gavin Lee, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford with special guest drummer Nick Ward.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Anth Purdy @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington. 6:30pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’.
Sun 02: MSK @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 03: John Garner & John Pope @ Yamaha Music School, Blyth. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Album review: Lauren White - Making it up as we go Along

Lauren White (vocals); Quinn Johnson (piano, Rhodes); Larry Koonse (guitar on 3 tks);  Kevin Axt (bass); Trey Henry  (bass on 1 tk); Brian Swartz   (trumpet on 4 tks); Katisse Buckingham (sax, flute on 4 tks); Chris Wabich (drums on 4 tks); Dan Schnelle (drums on 4 tks); Ray Brinker (drums on 1 tk); Paul Jost (vocal on 1 tk)

White's fifth album and the fourth to have been reviewed on BSH lives up to the high stand of the other three. Described as 'songs of love's complexities' the lyrics, in the main, meet that criteria.

The smoky voice, the kind of voice you used to hear in a night club scene in an old black and white movie, usually just before somebody got shot, is tailor-made for the material. As it happens, one of the earlier albums, Out of the Past, did indeed feature songs from noir films.

The numbers here aren't cinema related but they could have been.

Donald Fagen's I'm Not the Same Without You isn't as gloomy as the title suggests. Just the opposite in fact. Off with the old on with the new.

Jimmy Dorsey's I'm Glad There is You has a guitar solo by Koonse that keeps the slow bossa alive. 

Ron Boustead's Unlikely Valentine has a clever lyric with trumpet and sax helping it swing along nicely.

Lauren was inspired to record German trumpet player Till Brönner's Our Game  after hearing a version by Mark Murphy.

Tin Tin Deo was arranged by Johnson as a cha-cha. It would have gone down well at the Copacabana in one one of the aforementioned movies but Buckingham's flute solo moves it closer to Birdland. 

Joshua Redman's Lowercase has more clever lyrics, this time by Mark Winkler.

Paul Jost joins Lauren for Vrohoula. Koonse once again laying down a fine solo with Jost scatting away to beat the band which he doesn't.

Making it up as we go Along by Eddie Arkin and lyricist Lorraine Feather. A perceptive lyric relating to relationships.

The Bergmans provided I Have a Feeling We've Been Here Before, Stevie Wonder kicked in with Make Sure You're Sure and Bill Evans provided Turn Out the Stars to conclude a most enjoyable album by an excellent singer.

Available March 15 on Café Pacific Records. Lance 

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