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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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Jazz Café. March 11

Nik Svarc (guitar), Martin Longhawn (organ) & Steve Hanley (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
The Leeds jazz scene just keeps on giving. Tonight’s guests made the short road trip to Tyneside for the first time since their appearance at last year’s Gateshead Jazz Festival. Guitarist Nik Svarc had made a more recent visit to the Jazz Café working with another combo but this guitar-organ-drums trio is a regular working unit with recorded material documenting their sound.
Nik Svarc, Martin Longhawn (Nord C1) and drummer Steve Hanley aren’t for the hard sell; play a couple of tunes, say a few words, albeit reluctantly, then play another two or three tunes. They opened with a lowdown Stratocaster groove, slowly decaying, turning into a swing time section before Svarc took it out on a groove via a looping pedal board.
Deceptively effortless, the trio’s sense of time is masterful. Svarc’s pedal board enables him to produce myriad looping sounds but it is his guitar playing that truly dazzles. The organ-drums combination – Longhawn’s swirling, smokin’ riffs, Hanley’s mesmerising drum patterns – dovetails seamlessly with Svarc’s imperious solo flights.
Military medium Hanley, a stalking Longhawn (the Hammond pedals sound), Nik Svarc set about concealing All Blues in loop upon loop, lost in time and space. A Svarc number had Scofield written all over it, a Hanley tune, with seemingly little going on, developed incrementally, the trio immersed in the complexity of it all.
Second set, a Tyneside vocalist, just out of a session, dropped by as Svarc hit Piety Street Scofield. Our vocalist exclaimed: Dead groovy! Dead right! The Jazz Café’s Friday night audience listened (it can be done) as the trio launched into what was to be the tune of the night. Bop, in-the-pocket swing, smokin’ Hammond, smokin’ Svarc, the trio took Seven Steps to Heaven.       
Russell.        

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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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