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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Tuesday August 22

Afternoon
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Evening
Charles Gordon (solo piano) - Redwood Bar, Vermont Hotel, Newcastle. 10pm - midnight. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 13, 2015

GIJF: Day Three - Davina & the Vagabonds

Davina Sowers (vcl/pno/uke); Dan Eikmeier (tpt/vcl); Ben Link (tmb/vcl); Greg Beyers (bs); Connor McRae Hammergren (dms).
(Review by Lance).
After the afternoon concert by The Cookers I thought nothing could match that session.
I was wrong!
Enter Davina and her Vagabonds.
Tiers two and three were full and the audience seated. However, at sea level it was standing room only to make space for those inclined to dance of which there were many.
The dress code was Retro so I blended in without trying - my old demob suit never lets me down on these occasions.
I'd never heard this band prior to tonight although I'd heard glowing reports of their sensational appearance at last year's Summertyne Americana Festival so it was with eager anticipation that I listened to Sage Gateshead's Performance Program Director Ros Rigby say she wanted this year's festival to end with a party.
The lady got her wish!
I Found a New Baby lit the blue touchpaper and we were off! Trumpet flying big round tone. He sings, Davina sings, plays piano, drums pound, bass slaps and trombone slides. I'm convinced I've gone to heaven and this is only the first number! Black Cloud - trombone featured - Bourbon St. Parade, trumpet quite amazing, Ain't That a Shame with barrelhouse piano and vocal from Davina
Drummer takes the vocal on Louisiana Fairy Tale, everyone sings on Shake That Thing and every one in the audience shakes a thing or two. Davina leaves the piano and strums a ukelele.
After a funereal start to St. James Infirmary it gets cranked up to the fastest ever version of that mournful song.
And so it went on, jazz and soul and rock 'n roll - and a lot more besides including the Lovin' Spoonful's What a Day for a Daydream. The memories that song brings back for me - the saying goes that if you can remember the sixties you weren't there! well I remembered it well enough to whistle along at the end. A classic re-immortalized!.
You wanted a party Ros? You certainly got one!
You want more?
Well tune into Jools Holland tomorrow night (April 14) on BBC2 at 10pm and Friday at 11.35 pm.
Lance.

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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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