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Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jam Session @ Jazz Café May 20.

Peter Gilligan (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Paul Wight (drums) + Paul Edis (piano); Lindsay Hannon (vocal); Paul Gowland (alto); Stuart Finden (tenor); Fiona Finden (tenor/vocal); Kath Lowdon (vocal) + ?.
(Review by Lance)
A jam session (any jam session) is a many varied thing. One week no one turns up, another week maybe a few wannabees flexing their developing chops and some weeks the big hitters are in town.
Last night was just such a night at the Jazz Café!
The '3 P's in an ipod' that form the resident trio ie Messrs Gilligan, Grainger and Wight (mega fash. new haircut) got the groove going with the familiar and always hypnotic All Blues. The feel good factor was there. Laura, What's New? and other standards followed, Gilligan successfully coping with the piano's tonal idiosyncrasies - he may go down in history as the guy who found the lost chord!
Another P - Paul Edis - also searched for that elusive harmonic compilation whilst stunning us with an up tempo My Funny Valentine that was only twice the speed of light. Needless to say, this was no problem for Wight, nor a danger to Grainger who both hung on in there enjoying the ride.
Time for a song, time for Ms. Hannon. Mean to Me, lots of liberties with her phrasing that worked. Only Anita O'Day could have maybe bettered this version -  maybe. Solitude in 3 wasn't quite as show-stopping but You'd be so Nice to Come Home to certainly was. Helped along by Paul Gowland on alto (so many PGs in the room I half expected Peter Gabriel to walk in) Lindsay put her brand on this Porter masterpiece and Gowland rubber stamped it.
The altoist took centre stage for Ornithology and Autumn in New York and an exotic eastern flavoured piece that I only heard fragments of as I reached for the stars or to be more precise the 23rd floor toilet (exaggeration!)
Next up the Findens toting tenors for a blast on a swinger I vaguely recognised followed by Sister Sadie then a vocal by Fi.
More words by Kath Lowdon, incredible range, on Stormy Weather and some equally stormy alto from Gowland.
Waiting in the wings were Ray Burns, Debra Milne, Kath Jobes and several more but time and train wait for no one so it was adieu until June 3.
Lance. 

1 comment :

  1. The boys went home on the A Train with Stuart 'Mind the Doors' Finden jumping on board in the nick of time (Finden, tenor, Gowland, alto).

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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.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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