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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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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bradley Johnston Trio @ The Cherry Tree.

Bradley Johnston (gtr); Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs).
(Review by Lance.)
I think it was probably Nat Cole in his pre-coronation days who first brought the piano/bass/guitar trio to prominence - later Oscar Peterson built upon it and, more recently, in the north-east Dean Stockdale has worked that side of the street.
Tonight at the Cherry Tree, Messrs Johnston, Gilligan and Grainger gave us their take.
Because of the neo non-jazz setting, the tempos didn't exceed the speed of light and the volume didn't drown out the percussive accompaniment of knife and fork against plate (or indeed the sound of plates against floor!)
Blasé?
No way!
It was a delight to hear these three guys, who, at other venues, can knock seven shades out of any standard, playing reflectively, exploratively, adding to the ambiance of this evening of musical manna.
Doxy - as good a tune as Rollins ever wrote - converted the Poached Chicken and Leek Terrine with Chutney into an aphrodisiacal starter even though I had no Doxy to aphrodisiac with!
Loverman, even with the plates falling, failed to detract from the magic,
Some may call this "Cocktail Music" - if that's the case, make mine a large Old Fashioned to go with my North Sea Fishcake, Tartar, Fries, Garden Salad, Lemon and In a Mellow Tone,
'Round Midnight - Spiced Yellow Plums, Pan Perdu, White Chocolate Ice Cream and Skylark
Have I gone to Heaven or will I wake up and find I'm in Hebburn and eating a less ethereal Ambrosia?
A reasonable crowd but only a couple of jazz heads noted.
Tasteful describes every aspect of the evening....
Lance,

1 comment :

  1. good to see that the gig still exists many thanks to Peter and best of luck to the guys!!

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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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