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Dewey Redman: "When Trane came to Bop City in San Francisco and told me he liked the way I played, I stayed high off that forever." - (Downbeat June 1980.)

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Nick Brignola: “I got to talk to John Coltrane before he was John Coltrane!” – (Jazz Journal April 1991)

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Today Wednesday January 18

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.
Ruth Lambert w. Alan Law Trio - 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. Note earlier start and a small increase in admission.
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Tees Hot Club - Cleveland Bay, 718 Yarm Rd., Eaglescliffe, TS16 0JE. 9pm. Free.
To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 02, 2015

Cormac Loane's 60th Birthday @ the Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham - October 17

(Review by 'Our Man in Brum'/Photos courtesy of Mike Bates).
Saturday afternoon October 17 saw a formidable gathering of jazz musicians at the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham where Newcastle born saxophonist, and 1970’s Newcastle Big Band member, Cormac Loane was celebrating his 60th Birthday. Nearly 100 musicians and friends crowded into the candlelit upstairs room of this famous City centre pub, which assumed an authentic jazz club atmosphere for the occasion. Cormac kicked off the proceedings on alto sax with a swinging version of Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll, accompanied by his brother Terry Loane on piano, Nick Wiltshire on bass and Maurice Colby on drums. After a laid back, Latin-American interpretation of Black Orpheus, singer Fred Webb took to the stage, slowing the tempo right down with a very relaxed version of Body and Soul, with Roger Heeley now taking over on keyboard.
Three members of Jazz Strata, resident band at Birmingham’s Malt House, then came to the stage - Peter Carlton on clarinet, Andy Peat on trumpet and Allan Jones on drums, opening with Take the A Train, which included an energetic contribution on vocals from Jim Denham. And then singer Sheila Fawkes joined in on some more standards, accompanied by her multi-instrumentalist “guy”, Terry McGrath – on this occasion playing the trombone!
The Duo Montmartre – Parisian singer Celine Donmart accompanied by acoustic guitarist Cris Tolley – introduced a completely different mood with their beautiful interpretation of traditional, French, jazz-flavoured chansons. Soprano saxophone player Alan Davis then continued the French theme with his rendition of Sidney Bechet’s Petite Fleur. For this number the drum chair was taken by the legendary Steve Palmer – one time member of Birmingham Ronnie Scott’s Club resident band, and brother of the famous Carl Palmer. And Terry Loane sat in again on keyboard -  Terry explained later that he and Alan Davis had been music students together at Birmingham University in the 60s and this was the first occasion they had played together since performing the two solo recorder parts in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in the Barber Institute in 1969!
From this point onwards the celebration turned into a true jam session, with different musicians freely dropping in and out of the band, including Martyn Brown on guitar, along with his ultra-talented 15-year-old daughter Sophia on bass, and Nick Wiltshire’s son Reuben on drums. Singer Fred Webb took to the stage again to perform a swinging version of On the Sunny Side of the Street, with Cormac soloing again on alto sax. Then Ex Cathedra soprano Claire Hollocks sang Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm, opening with the song’s beautiful verse, which is not usually heard in jazz clubs! Cormac’s son, Cian – drummer with the rock band Spitting Feathers – joined in on this number. And Howard Gregory, guitarist from the Steve Gibbons Band, contributed a brilliant solo on violin!
Sheila Fawkes returned to a stage crowded with musicians, to close the proceedings with a rousing version of Lover Come Back to Me. It had been a great celebration, re-uniting many old friends, with fantastic music in a beautiful venue!
Photos.
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3 comments :

  1. Wow Cormack it sounds like it was a swell party! I wish I could have taken up your invitation. Tell me, is Alan Davis the same Alan Davis who gave Dave Weisser's daughter such invaluable recorder tuition? Looking at the photo I think it is (we once jammed together at The Chilli in Heaton many years ago.)

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    1. Yes, probably. As well as being a jazz musician, Alan Davis is one of the country's leading baroque recorder players, and I too was privileged to have a recorder lesson with him on one occasion!

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  2. Is "energetic" some kind of euphemism?

    A great time was had by all, in honour of a great guy!

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