Dulcie May Moreno & Stephen Bridgland @ The Jazz Cafe – October 8th
“A Pinnacle In UK Jazz Singing” – Lance – Bebop Spoken Here.
I missed this super songstress’ last concert in Newcastle but remembered her performance at a Black Swan jam session so that even though there was the intriguing prospect of Alan Barnes with Sue Ferris and the Paul Edis Trio up the road my decision was made and, despite the vagaries of our so-called rapid transport system I made it to the Jazz Coop’s upper room just in time for Comes Love.
The voice, every bit as good as I expected and Bridgland’s guitar solo equally magical. No Moon at All, Honeysuckle Rose and Taking a Chance on Love followed. The voice, pitch perfect, the phrasing impeccable, the band with her every step of the way.
It couldn’t get any better than this – or could it?
Up stepped Steve Summers – now a proud grandfather and, when it comes to sax playing, a grandmaster – adding a Coltrane feel to Stolen Moments, Steely Dan’s Home at Last, Moanin’ and Chains (?).
Intermission. CDs being sold, A good crowd including Alice Grace pictured with Dulcie – singing-wise two of the very best.
The second set opened with Cole Porter’s ‘Get Out of Town’ although nobody did – who would? would you? Summers switched to soprano sax for the gender reversed Nature Girl. A raunchy Nina Simone number, ’Do I Move You?’, then ‘God Bless the Child’ – was this a request from the new grandfather? the blistering sop sax solo suggests it may have been!
‘Hum Drum Blues’ an earthy down-home swinger it could almost have taken us back to the 1950s – if they’d had ipads in those days. Powerhouse drumming from Walker and a touch of humour from Grainger.
‘Love Me or Leave Me’ done fashionably uptempo before it was time for to ‘Let the Good Times Roll and roll they did.’
The Jazz Coop’s Moocher Minnie thanked the band who returned the compliment with a spirited version of ‘Minnie the Moocher.’
It was one of the best Globe gigs in a long long time and, if you missed it then all is not lost there are three options. On August 9, Dulcie, Grainger, Walker and Bridgland are at The Vault in Hexham, The Dulcie May Quintet have a CD available and, hot off the press, there is also a duo/ Trio EP.
I recommend all three but, if you can’t make it to Hexham then the albums are essential. Most of the numbers were performed at last night’s concert and represent a pinnacle in UK jazz singing.
“This is a young lady with a BIG future.”
Kevin Dorrian – Whighams Jazz Club – Edinburgh
What a delight to have Dulcie May Moreno perform last night. This is a young lady with a BIG future. Some great choices of tunes and fabulous arrangements by guitarist Steve Bridgland who was simply outstanding, as was Steve Summers on soprano and tenor – all all held together wonderfully by Martin Waugh and Jimmy Taylor in the rhythmic ‘engine room’!
“The Earth moved when Dulcie May Moreno – all the way from Kent – sang Louis Jordan’s Trouble Then Satisfaction and Pennies From Heaven.
…then Dulcie May returned for Moanin’ …
she may have been but we weren’t – no sir!
This lady should be employed by the Kent Tourist Board.
A class act indeed!”
-Lance – Bebop Spoken Here
Another lovely review from our first trip up north in 2017 for a trio gig at the Globe;