Preview: the George Kontrafouris trio, Hampstead Jazz Club tomorrow night

You get a certain atmosphere overall that lends to thoughts of a Parisian thoroughfare in the Bertrand Tavernier film Round Midnight at Mayank Patel's Hampstead Jazz Club. A waiter last year even suggested to marlbank sitting at a picnic table …

Published: 25 May 2022. Updated: 41 days.

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You get a certain atmosphere overall that lends to thoughts of a Parisian thoroughfare in the Bertrand Tavernier film Round Midnight at Mayank Patel's Hampstead Jazz Club. A waiter last year even suggested to marlbank sitting at a picnic table outside the upstairs Duke of Hamilton that you could, a little like Francis Paudras, listen through the vents at the jazz rising up.

So true given some poetic licence. The club, which is on New End, does not operate every night. But it is far more regular in terms of gig frequency now and looking ahead this year compared to 2021 when the scene was very uncertain given the slow emergence from Lockdown. Just a year ago clubs in London after all were only tentatively re-opening.

Coming up is the George Kontrafouris trio featuring Tom Ollendorff and Billy Pod. Kontrafouris, also known more authentically as Giorgos, we heard on Wurlitzer with saxophonist Timo Lassy back in 2015 circa Love Bullet in Chelsea club the Pheasantry. Fine bebop guitarist Tom Ollendorff was recently in action deep in the heart of Down at Maggie Doyle and Linley Hamilton's Magy's Farm.

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Skinny-tied, lightly bearded Lassy, above, with Kontrafouris on the Wurly, long and lean, blew like Dexter Gordon that night, another Round Midnight connection given that Dexter acted in the film as the composite Lester Young-Bud Powell character Dale Turner. And watchful, alert, on a Wurlitzer electric piano that Gregory Porter booking agent Heather Taylor had arranged for the Greek and which had arrived from the supplier's just in the nick of time for the gig, Kontrafouris wrinkled out the knots and untangled the curls of the twists and turns of the tenor line just fine on ‘Green Pepper Strut.’

The gig is tomorrow night

See the Hampstead site for ticket details. Main pic: via the club site, remaining images, marlbank

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Jean Carne, Jean Carne JID012, Jazz is Dead ****

Track of the day 'The Summertime' drawn from the upcoming Jean Carne JID012 out on Friday: As a solo artist, backing singer, vocal coach, Jean Carne has collaborated with Norman Connors, Doug Carn, Dexter Wanse and Phyllis Hyman to name only a …

Published: 25 May 2022. Updated: 41 days.

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Track of the day 'The Summertime' drawn from the upcoming Jean Carne JID012 out on Friday: As a solo artist, backing singer, vocal coach, Jean Carne has collaborated with Norman Connors, Doug Carn, Dexter Wanse and Phyllis Hyman to name only a few. Appearing on Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge's label Jazz is Dead, Carne is not an overly glossy manufactured vocalist by any means indeed remains the very antithesis of such confection. To her eternal credit Carne, whose voice traverses the spaceways of the unfettered imagination to the mysterious place between the notes and back, still delivers an experimental punch couched within the arc of a 1970s-like groove. Carne knows how to improvise convincingly and in context best of all on the formidable album track 'Black Love'. Surely June Tyson (1936-1992), vocalist with Sun Ra, taking matters to the nth degree, was a kindred spirit to Carne or seems so from this distance. And Ra fans may find something meaningful here just as easily as Carne's many long-time admirers who come from Roy Ayers-like soul-jazz and go the extra mile to journey with Carne once again to take the spirit radically – and just as completely – out. SG

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