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Elkie Brooks: “He [Eric Delaney] was most surprised I could sing ‘Misty’ which is quite a big ballad.” – (R’N’R November/December 2017)

Norma Winstone: “I think a lot of young musicians are doing good stuff and trying to find a way, but I think it’s more difficult now because there’s no funding.” – (Jazzwise December 2017/January 2018)

Today Sunday February 25

Afternoon

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).

More Jam - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.

Evening

Just Friends - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. 6pm. £5.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

The Djooks - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SJ. 7:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Jazz Café Jam - May 6.










Peter Gilligan (pictured top left) (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Jeff Armstrong (drums) + Ian Forbes (drums); Ann Alex, Katherine Lowden (pictured top right), Kath Jobes (vocals).
(Review by Lance/Photos courtesy of Mike Tilley).
A jam session sans horns is a rare phenomenon! Tonight, the only instrumentalist was the Grand Old Man of North East Jazz Ian Forbes who once again displayed his consummate percussive artistry. Jeff Armstrong too impressed à la batterie* albeit on a scaled down kit minus floor tom and small tom.
The trio more than made up for the shortage of jammers with a choice selection of  tunes such as Dear Old Stockholm - which Stan Getz recorded as Standinavian many years ago - Jim Hall's Waltz New, Michel Petrucciani's Looking Up, All Blues, Opus de Funk, Wayne Shorter's Footprints, I Thought About You and Unsquare Dance. These were just a few of the numbers that allowed some dazzling piano technique from Gilligan, sound basswork by Grainger and tasteful and sympathetic drumming from Armstrong.
A break then time for some "birdsong". First out of the nest was Ann Alex for a spirited version of I Got Rhythm. The trio played an imaginative Scarborough Fair and Katherine Lowden sang (I think) It's Been a Long Time and Tenderly. Ms Lowden has the range and uses it effectively. Finally Kath Jobes gave us I'm Beginning to See the Light and Bye Bye Blackbird.
This was but the start of a good week for singers. Today (Wednesday May 7) Lindsay Hannon Plus are at Hexham Jazz Club; Thursday Lindsay has her CD Launch at the Lit and Phil; Friday funkster Ray Harris returns to Hoochie Coochie; Saturday Jason Isaacs Big Band are at City Hall; Monday the Paul Skerritt Band are at the Cherry Tree and Wednesday (May 14) Joe Stilgoe is at Sage Gateshead.
A lot of good listening ahead.
Lance.
* A reminder that Saturday night at "Le Café du Jazz" is French night with two French bands performing.

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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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