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Frank Tate: “Travelling’s part of life. It just goes with the job. It’s in one’s best interests, I think, to enjoy it, because it’s sure what you’re gonna be doing!” – (Jazz Journal February 1992)

Joe Temperley"I was on the bus as Carney's replacement. I said to Harold Ashby 'Where are we going?' He answered 'What difference does it make?' " - (Jazz UK January 2013.)

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Today Saturday January 21

Evening

James Harrison (solo piano) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.

Hannah Taylor/Alix Shepherd - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Free 7.pm 0191 2331010.

Dutch Treat - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £3.

Budtet - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jazz Café Jam Session - January 20.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Paul Wight (dms); John Pope (bs) + Paul Gowland (alt); Matthew MacKellar (dms); Jordan Alfonso (alt); Alexis Cairns (ten).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
The  jams at the "Caff" on the first and third Tuesdays continue to draw more and more people in. That they, the punters, are noisy and not necessarily all jazz fans doesn't matter - as long as they aren't too intrusive on the music. I'm not one for listening to jazz in sepulchral silence - if the music is good enough those who want to will  be down front listening oblivious to the noise behind. My theory is that if the audience is sitting in deathly silence the musicians play safe, aware that every bum note will be seized upon and never forgotten till the listener or the player go to their respective graves.
On the other hand, if the crowd is of a rumbustious nature then the guys go for it without fear and maybe hit on something they wouldn't otherwise have tried for.
That's just my opinion.
Tonight we had the house band hitting the deck running with bop standards, ballads like I Fall in Love Too Easily and a belter of There Will Never Be Another You.
Young MacKellar took his place behind the kit and, amazingly, looked very much like a younger version of Miles Teller in Whiplash!
Paul Gowland blew an extended solo on Take 5 and Matthew knew the Morello solo well.
Waiting in the wings were Jordan and Alexis.
Stella by Starlight - that perennial jammer - gave Alexis a chance to blow which she did with the sort of dry sound Warne Marsh favoured. A welcome addition to the scene. Some alto from Jordan on Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and a blast by Paul Gowland on Autumn in New York. This rounded it off for me although there was still more to come - an excellent jam.
Lance.

2 comments :

  1. Johnny "Blue Hat" (on F/b)Wednesday, January 21, 2015 2:24:00 pm

    Yep you're bang on...I always prefer a slight bustle from the audience to play a good gig. Deadly silence is scary!

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  2. Sounds like a brilliant night, Lance! I should've got my backside in gear .....

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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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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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