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Ernie Wilkins: “If you don't look at the liner notes, you don't know who in the hell it is. Everybody sounds alike, that same million-note approach. Faceless.” – (Crescendo November 1975).

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Ben Williams: “A lot of jazz today has developed this allergy to simplicity. ‘If it’s simple, that means it’s not hip’ is a theme. But sometimes the simplest thing you can do is the hippest thing you can do.” – (Down Beat August 2015).

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Today Wednesday March 22

Afternoon.
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Paul Skerritt Band - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:30pm. £3.00.
John Harle and Steve Lodder - Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Tce., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4DX. 7pm. £20 & £10. 60th birthday tour for RGS alumnus Harl.
Chris Sharkey Trio - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £4.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Paul Skerritt Band @ The Jazz Café - April 17.


Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Anth Ord (bs gtr); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A Skerritt gig is never 'ordinary' - it's a 'happening'! To be more precise it's an occasion when anything can happen and invariably does - as our photo shows!
Entertainment is the name of the game with these guys and they provide it without loss of musical integrity (whatever that is!)
Put simply, they enjoy what they're doing and that enjoyment, being infectious, rubs off on the audience who willingly go along for the riotous ride.
The material may not always be the standard GASbook fare but, whatever it may go in as, it usually comes out swinging.
With Skerritt's vocals, Harrison's musical shenanigans and the engine room being stoked by Chapman and Ord, how could it not?
Come Fly With Me got us airborne followed by L-O-V-E and a feature for Anth Ord on All About That Bass - shame we couldn't have had Meghan Trainor along as part of the package but Anth did good.
Michael Jackson provided The Way You Make me Feel and Harrison kicked seven shades out of this one as indeed he did on everything except sometimes he kicked more than seven.
Stepping Out With my Baby; an up-tempo Witchcraft; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; I'm Beginning to See the Light and Titanium - a new one to me - rounded off a superb first set.
Grainger Bitter - was it named after the area or The Caff's incumbent bass player I wonder? - went down well, it has great healing properties.
I Wanna be Like You brought King of the Swingers Tom Chapman into the spotlight; Daft Punk's Get Lucky brought a dancing couple who, in their spare time, probably give dancing lessons to Dervishes.
The trio did a solo spot on a Ramsey Lewis type number before Paul gave us his now familiar reworking of The Gentleman/Lady is a Tramp. It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing saw James providing the do-wa-do-wa bits. 
American Girl (Boy); Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Let The Good Times Roll and Sway brought a fun packed evening to a close.
Quite a night!
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. I forgot to mention the surreal moment when James was playing the house upright with one hand and the keyboard with the other!

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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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