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Tim Berne: "My guys improvise. They're not going to do something just because it works, or it worked the night before." - (Downbeat December 2004.)

Barry McRae: “Arguments about the importance or even the necessity for improvisation in jazz are never likely to be resolved.” – (Jazz Journal December 1992)

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Today Tuesday January 24

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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Jazz Café Jam - November 15

Pete Gilligan (keys); Deon Krishnan (bass gtr.); Russ Morgan (drums) + Mike Waller (keys); Ines Gonçalves (vocal); Fabio Sousa (trombone); Thomas Dixon (tenor); Stu Findon (tenor); Alfonso Jordan (alto) and others...
(Review by Lance).
The room was chockablock with musicians and enthusiasts. It looked to be going to be another good evening as the trio took off with Have You Met Miss Jones? No? Well, you have now and, even though she's 80 years old, remains as responsive as ever, particularly in the hands of  the Gilligan Trio which, this week, had the ever impressive  bass guitarist Krishnan at its core.
Jim Hall's Waltz New, which everyone thinks is Someday my Prince Will Come, switched from 3/4 to 4/4 without any obvious join and it swung. My Funny Valentine had Krishnan playing the melody. Rich-toned and as sonorous as a double bass.
First guest and a surprise one at that! Mike Waller has been a well-known and much-respected pianist and educator on Tyneside for many years although not so often on the jazz scene.
With just Morgan for support, he rattled off Georgia on my Mind followed by some rollicking boogie-woogie and finishing with Take Five. Krishnan returned to the stage for this one and managed to squeeze in a couple of choruses of God Rest Ye  Merry Gentlemen thus adding a seasonal touch even though we're still only halfway through November. They (the trio) brought the house down!
Mike Waller can be heard solo late afternoon/early evening on Fridays and Sundays at the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth.
Ines Gonçalves (vocal); Fabio Sousa (trombone); Thomas Dixon (tenor) plus a keyboardist, bass guitarist, guitarist and drummer took to the stage for Feeling Good and Cry me a River. Good vocals and good solos all round.  Stu Findon\ joined Dixon, Sousa and the rhythm section for All Blues.
Another nightingale took over the mic. for My Baby Just Cares For me with Gilligan taking off the famous Nina Simone solo to perfection. The Man That Got Away came next and I must apologise to the lady for not getting her name but, like the man, she got away. Likewise the students in the band.
Bebop time with the Gilligan Trio, plus Findon and Alfonso Jordan, flattening fifths like nobody's business on Billie's Bounce, Night in Tunisia, Killer Joe and Yardbird Suite.
This jam session just gets better and better which can't be bad. However, the fortnightly Cuban style jam, Descargao! has now, I'm told, been cancelled.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for your more than generous comments, Lance. It was a super night and I had lots of fun. I was out of my comfort zone, but Mary made my friend Ian and I feel so welcome. Deon is stunningly good and I'd love to jam with him more often. Thanks again, long lost pal! Mike Waller

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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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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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