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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.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Paul Skerritt @ Jazz Café, Newcastle July11

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (dms); Anth Ord (bs); Dave Donnelly (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos by Paul Ennis).
There's an old album by Erroll Garner entitled The Most Happy Piano. It's a great album and if, or rather when, James Harrison releases an album of his own it could be The Even Happier Piano because if ever a guy enjoyed playing it is James (Listen and learn Keith Jarrett!)
This was a gig for all seasons. Paul Skerritt can work a room with the skill of a Las Vegas entertainer and he had those present in the palm of his hand. He sings, he swings, he ring-a-ding dings. Old Blue Eyes ain't dead - he just moved to the north-east absorbing a bit of rock 'n' roll along the way.
A varied program that begun with I've Got You Under My Skin and ended with My Secret Love. Some of the numbers in between included Don't Get Around Much Any More, a frenetic version of Georgia on my Mind, Orange Coloured Sky, American Boy and Play That Funky Music.  Just some of the gems that captured the fans who wanted to hear songs sung well and pianos played as pianos ought to be played (no offence Harley!)
Also, a new brew from Hadrian Breweries, specially brewed for the Jazz Café - Geordiejazz! At 4.4% it proved to be very potable (hic!) but not as much as the music which was 100% proof.
A good gig in good company - remember the address - 25 Pink Lane.
Lance.
PS: Dave Donnelly, depping for Tom Chapman, was ace on drums and Anth Ord on both electric and acoustic bass did sterling work in the engine room popping up on deck for the intro and solo on Ain't No Sunshine. Don't you believe it, the sun shone brightly all evening.

4 comments :

  1. What a fantastic night of top quality Jazz! Every member of the band gave their appreciative audience 100% enthusiasm, coupled with a deep passion and love of music in every song performed. The future of Paul Skerritt and his band at the Jazz Cafe is guaranteed!! I can't until next time :)

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  2. James Harrison (on F/b).Sunday, July 13, 2014 6:11:00 pm

    Thanks for the most happy review Lance!! Ha Ha.

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  3. Last Friday was my quite by chance debut visit to the Jazz cafe and what an amazing night to pick. I was blown away by the sheer exuberance and energy of James Harrison”s piano and the smoothie voice of Paul not to mention the others in the band. I left the place with a real feel good vibe unable to believe I had experienced such quality music for a fiver. When and where are this amazing band going to perform again?

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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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