@splashpointjazz News Splash: London Jazz Festival Shows! Gigs galore; Tim Minchin!

Dear Lovely Jazzers

BOY have we got some news for you!

We are very happy to announce not ONE but TWO gigs in the 2021 EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL!!

And they are both at the most stylish venue in London – the Crazy Coqs room at Piccadilly! Read on for more details.


[Neal Richardson Quartet @Crazy Coqs]

So, here’s the round-up of our upcoming gigs, in date order, with a teensy bit of info about the new ones since the last Newsletter.

Booking Details for all our gigs are on our website Events page here:
http://www.splashpointjazz.com/Events

Wednesday 27th October 7pm Neal Richardson at The Broad Oak TN31 6EU 
This month it’s Neal solo piano/vocals. Free to diners so book a table on 01424 882700

Wednesday 27th October 8pm Terry Quinney Quartet tribute to Stan Getz, 
Splash Point Jazz Club, Eastbourne BN22 7AA
A monster band with Terry playing the part of the legendary sax man. Tickets at www.wegottickets.com/splashpointjazz

NEW: Friday 29th October 7:30pm Sue + Neal Richardson Duo coffee concert, Raamsdonk, Holland
The Dutch have a lovely tradition of live music in people’s private houses, called Coffee Concerts.  We’ve done quite a few of them 🙂
It’d be nice idea to copy this in the UK!   (Sorry this one’s sold out)

NEW: Thursday 4th November 7pm Neal Richardson’s Splash Point Jazz Show Livestream
Neal’s amazing monthly studio livestream (on the first Thursday of the each month).
Multiple cameras, grand piano, studio-quality sound
Tune in on FaceBook or YouTube:
YOUTUBE  www.youtube.com/user/SplashPointMusic
FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/Splashpointjazz

NEW: Friday 5th November 7:30pm Neal Richardson Duo at the Bosa Restaurant, Putney SW15 1SQ
This one’s a peach!! A new venue, rearranged from last month, and possibly the most authentic Lebanese food in London!
Neal will be serving up the jazz fireworks on piano/vocal, with Miles Danso on double bass.
Remember, Remember what date it is!  Book a table on 020 8785 1851

NEW: Saturday 6th November 7pm Neal Richardson Trio at the Queen Adelaide, Kingston Rd, Epsom KT19 0SH
Following a very successful debut last month… they’ve asked us back! 🙂 Book a table on 020 8393 2666
Neal’s Trio features Miles Danso (double bass) and Alex Eberhard (drums).

NEW: Wednesday 10th November 7pm Sara Oschlag with the Neal Richardson Trio, 
Splash Point Jazz Club, Seaford BN25 4JS

[Photo credit: Brian O’Connor]

Our favourite Danish songstress Sara brings her pinpoint vocal dexterity to thrill us at Seaford, accompanied by Neal at the piano, George Trebar on double bass and Eric Ford on drums.

NEW: Monday 15th November 9.15pm  LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL Neal Richardson’s “Not” King Cole Show, 
Crazy Coqs W1F 7ED
THE BIG ONE!!

[Photo credit: Peter Prior]
YES! Neal’s Quartet return to the London Jazz Festival with their sell-out show about the life of Nat King Cole.
ONLY ONE SHOW, ONLY 75 SEATS SO BOOK NOW!!! 
https://www.brasseriezedel.com/events/neal-richardson-not-king-cole/

NEW: Saturday 20th November 8pm  LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL Sue Richardson in The Billie Holiday Story, 
Crazy Coqs W1F 7ED

Sue is delighted to return in this heart-wrenching but gorgeous show, by our friends at Copasetic Productions
https://www.brasseriezedel.com/events/billie-holiday-at-carnegie-hall/

Remember, booking details for all our gigs are on our website Events page here:
http://www.splashpointjazz.com/Events

* * STOP PRESS * *
Last night we were v lucky to be invited to see the one-off comical/philosophy/musical/lyricist genius that is Tim Minchin.
The man is a force of nature – in a class all of his own. His songs and soliloquys were all breathtaking in their wit and wordplay.
You can read Neal’s full review here:
https://www.splashpointmusic.com/blog/

WEBSITE GIGLIST
We’ve updated the giglist on the website, so please have a look there 🙂
www.splashpointjazz.com/Events

FACEBOOK GROUP
Please join the new @Splashpointjazz Friends FaceBook Group! 😃
www.facebook.com/groups/814085392610722

Finally, please TELL YOUR FRIEND(S), FWD THIS EMAIL,

That’s it for now – see you at one of our gigs sooooon, and DEFINITELY on the 15th Nov! 😉

THANKS FOR HELPING US KEEP IT LIVE ❤️

Neal & The Splash Point Jazz Mob
@splashpointjazz

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Review of Tim Minchin, Brighton Centre 25/10/21

Review of Tim Minchin, Brighton Centre 25/10/21

[Main Photo: Tim Minchin + Band, by Neal Richardson 25/10/21]

I was one of the lucky ones to witness the one-off comical/philosophy/musical/lyricist genius that is Tim Minchin LIVE in Brighton last night (25th Oct), as part of his BACK Again Tour

The man is a force of nature – in a class all of his own. His songs and soliloquies are all breathtaking in their wit and wordplay.

He started, predictably unpredictably by appearing alone at the piano in darkness, and regaling us with his comic-dark song “If this plane goes down”, thus setting the tone for an evening full of musical and comic surprises, that had all of us at turns in hysterics, disbelief (at his lyricism) and tears.

And soliloquies there certainly were!  I would estimate that the performance time was equally split between the marvellously-inventive songs (easy to see why he was entrusted with Dahl’s Matilda), and his powerful rhetoric, both of which reward the careful listener (there are a LOT of words) at his unparalleled crafts-person-ship.  He delights in provocation, in popping pomposity, hypocrisy, tribalism, religiosity, social media and faux-beliefs along the way, together with much ire at the confirmation biases with which we all inevitably operate, and his main point: how hard it is for any of us to change our minds!  But it is all done with such good humour, impishness and well-place self-deprecation that it would be hard to take offence instead of being rightly challenged by his prodding.

The inventive songs came thick and fast (I refer here to a few examples just by the titles I gave them):

Dilemma: the conflict between his piano-playing key signatures and his vocal range… resulting in him playing in F major and singing in F sharp!

Mitsubishi Colt: an astounding bravura display of machine-gun words set over a walking bass in the left hand with a super-fast improvised line in the right hand.

Power of Prayer: A complete, logical destruction of its title, just broiling in acerbic wit.  The  words filled two pages in the A3 souvenir programme, yet Minchin had no paper aide memoire throughout the gig.

After the first few numbers, the 7-piece band appeared as suddenly as he had, filling the sound out fully in true rock-star fashion. All the players were, of course, top notch and multi-skilled. Once again I have to single-out  the drummer/vocalist Brad Webb, who once again absolutely nailed it as the power behind the musical throne.

The philosophical challenges and quips came thick and fast too, like so many fireworks in the Minchin firmament: “The self is an illusion based on fear”; “You need eyebrows to get irony, that’s why seagulls are so literal”;  “Churches are like football teams – just with mascots that can fly”; “I’m a proud empiricist” and so forth.

Periodically he treated us to his “Glossary of Terms”, revelling  in explaining some of his forthcoming cultural references to younger attendees (“I can’t believe there are fully-grown adults here born since 2000!”).

Then in the best traditions of stagecraft, several times at a high-point of energy and hilarity, he would slay us all with a profound ballad, “The Absence of You” and “I’ll Take Lonely Tonight” being two of such.

The second set opened with a self-declaration of his being uxorious (“I want you to have to go away and look things up”), but with an ode to his wife that was a little more shall we say statistically-based. “She hates it” he admitted.

There was a stunning video projected in sync with his tune about “Leaving L.A.”, followed by his 9-minute mini rock-opera about… “Cheese!”, featuring his self-proclaimed best pun ever written (no spoilers here).

More excellent diatribes followed, winding up to the finale, the autobiographical “I talked too much and stayed too long” – which he declaimed as his preferred epitaph!

The gentle chorale encore, using the whole band to blend stunningly-rich  vocal harmonies, belied the truth behind the grit and causticity of the preceding proceedings… actually this whole exercise had been a paean to love.

Minchin’s writing – of both script and lyrics – is incredible;  his wordplay as good as anyone who ever lived.

It’s little wonder he has been awarded THREE honorary Doctorates so far.

He is indeed in a top class all of his own.  Thrilling.

 

Neal Richardson, Seaford UK

26th October 2021

@splashpointjazz