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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Thursday February 22

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Alan Benzie Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £10.00. & £8.00 (advance).

BABMUS - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. £3.00. (£2.00. students/MU).

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB. Tel: 0191 285 3229. 7:00pm. Free

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 9:00pm.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Potter’s Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. Tel: 0191 488 8068. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pierce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Alice Grace Quintet @ Jazz Café - Jan. 26.

Alice Grace (vcl); Paul Gowland (ten/alt/sop); Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
Second gig in nine days for the quintet - I'd have been even happier if it had been the second gig in two days!
Like the Hoochie Coochie session a week gone Sunday this was another memorable occasion both visually and aurally. I say visually, not only because of the killer heels and the traffic stopping dress that Ms Grace had had painted on but also the changed appearance of drummer Morgan. Amazing what wonders a tonsorial artist can perform.
Aurally, there was also much musical artistry going on.
Just as Alice gave a lift to Love You Didn't Do Right by me, at Hoochie (reprised again last night), She also came up with a song from Doris Day's first film - Romance on the High Seas - It's You or No One. The film was also shown as It's Magic and that's what this was, pure magic. In particular, the Lee Konitz related unison passage between singer and sax that rounded the piece off.
So many highlights that I'd run out of superlatives if I tried to list them all; suffice to say that the tribute to you know who, Is There Life on Mars? done with just voice and piano, was right up there.
Morgan's hand drumming on Secret Love, the fours between alto and voice then voice and bass on When Lights Are Low, the scat chorus à la Sarah Vaughan on If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Gilligan's sympathetic accompaniment to Autumn Nocturne, Grainger's beard... all worthy of being noted.
This is one band that just gets better and better.
Lance.

1 comment :

Patti D (on F/b) said...

It was a fabulous gig - Alice and all the guys were brilliant!

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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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