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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)

Archives.

Today Sunday February 26.

Afternoon.
Mark Williams (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree Restaurant, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle. 12:30pm. Free.
More Jam - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 3pm. Free.
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Blues @ The Bay - Tanner Smith's 17-19 South Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 2RE, 0191 2525941. 4pm. Free. Blues jam w. Scott Wall & Charlie Philp.
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Musicians Unlimited - Park Hotel, Park Rd., Hartlepool TS26 9HU. 01249 233126.1pm. Free.
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Evening
Maine St. Jazzmen - Seaton Sluice Social Club, Collywell Bay Rd., Seaton Sluice NE26 4QZ. 8pm. £4.
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Shaun Henderson Band - Quakerhouse, Mechanics Yard, Darlington. 6pm. £5.
Jazz Jam - Empty Shop, 35c Framwellgate Bridge, Durham DH1 4SY. 7:30pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Jamie Mackay @ St Nicholas Cathedral. Newcastle. Jan 22

Jamie Mackay (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Sage Gateshead BMus student Jamie Mackay brought along his Telecaster to sit in front of the altar to play a few improvisations. Billing the recital as ‘fusion guitar’ could have deterred some with visions/nightmares of searing seventies pyrotechnics. Thankfully, it wasn’t anything of the sort.
Citing the quiet simplicity of Jeff Buckley and the harmonic intricacies of Bill Evans and Charlie Hunter as influences, Mackay played five pieces during a half hour set. Titles not important (some pieces probably didn’t have one), the performance focused upon the feel generated in St Nicholas’ imposing space. 
The cathedral-like dimensions (pun intended), the attentive few in the pews and the serene atmosphere encouraged Mackay to play with the amazing acoustics of the place. Finger style, no sign of a plectrum, Mackay fused the blues with gospel, an Eastern vibe with flamenco, to small group jazz guitar playing.
Tone and volume control were impeccable, Mackay’s keen ear tuned to his surroundings. This ‘lite bite’ lunchtime recital was a jazz delight. Jamie Mackay can be seen around and about checking out who’s who on the scene. It’s about time the talented Mackay played a proper gig in a proper jazz joint, the kind he referred to as having low ceilings and sticky floors. Promoters of the world…okay, we’ll start with promoters in Newcastle…it’s time to check out Jamie Mackay.                       
Russell.

1 comment :

  1. Cheers Russell! This made my day! Especially as I read this before a money gig in the bigg market in Friday night!! Haha Put me in a great mood, thanks it means a lot! PS tried to find you on social media to private message a thank you, but failed

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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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