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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

CD Review: Sandro Zerafa - The Bigger Picture

Sandro Zerafa (gtr); Olivier Zanot (alt - 5 tracks); Laurent Coq (pno); Yoni Zelnik (bs); Fred Pasqua (dms).
(Review by Lance)
Malta born, Paris based guitarist Zerafa has been compared by Jazznews to Jim Hall. That was 3 years ago and since then the 38 year-old guitarist has moved on, ploughing his own furrow, albeit not without retaining much of Hall's  harmonic depth and moulding it into his own original voice. A prominent member of the Paris Jazz Underground Collective, Zarafa proves it is possible to operate in a contemporary manner without being completely divorced from the innate sense of swing so essential to a jazz performance even though it may be remote and only implied. Nevertheless, it is there.
This is particularly apparent on the 5 tracks where alto saxist Zanot, like bassist Zelnik, a fellow collective member is present. Zanot's light tone is perfectly suited to the gentle explorative nature of the music and brings to mind earlier romantics such as Konitz and Desmond. Pianist Coq, described as, One of the most audacious pianists in the European scene, is strongly featured and couples his, on this disc, elusive audacity, with his more transparent quest for melodic and harmonic perfection. 
Pasqua, a newcomer to the Paris jazz scene, slots in well and no doubt will become Un nom de foyer en milieux jazz.
Zerafa composed 8 of the 9 tracks (Jobim's The Bigger Picture being the only non-original) and proves to be equally gifted with virtual pen and 'script.
Given that music is an infinite art, these guys are as close to "the Holy Grail" as any I've heard recently.
For more details on Sandro Zerafa - The Bigger Picture visit 

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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