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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Today Thursday February 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
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Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3DB 7pm.
Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.
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Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Richie Emmerson (tenor); Bruce Taylor (keys) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge Hotel, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - The Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall TS21 1EP. 8pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Stu Collingwood Trio @ The Jazz Café. March 21

Stu Collingwood (organ & vocals), John Waugh (tenor saxophone) & Paul Smith (drums) + Mo Scott (vocals)
(Review by Russell)
Stu Collingwood mined Jimmy Smith’s Hammond groove and mixed it up with Trane, Metheny, a Yellowjackets’ number and one or two originals. The trio couldn’t wait to get started, so much so that the first set started the best part of half an hour ahead of the advertised start. Jimmy Smith’s Ready ‘n’ Able seemed rather apt – they were ready and didn’t hang around.
Collingwood’s Changeable heard solo contributions from all three musicians; the composer leading the way, tenor man John Waugh robust, Smith trading fours with his usual assuredness. In a Mellow Tone surprised on two counts – Collingwood sang and Ellington’s classic number received a firm rhythmic treatment. A second Collingwood original – Wet Thing – stood out; Blue Note keys, grooving tenor, smart snare work. Back at the Chicken Shack went round and round ‘til Collingwood called time. The second set offered more Jimmy Smith, Coltrane’s Bessie’s Blues, Metheny’s Jaco, a swinging Paul Smith on C Jam Blues and more vocals from Collingwood on Revelation (Yellowjackets). For an encore Collingwood invited Mo Scott to join the band and the Queen of Blues sang, with typical conviction, Unchain My Heart.              
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. This was the first time I had seen these guys - they are fabulous! I will definitely be watching out for them again! Shame I missed the start of the first set.

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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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