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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

On This Day: December 14

2009: Jim Birkett Trio w. Sue Ferris @ The Cherry Tree.

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mark Williams Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - Feb 16

 Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Susans (bass) & Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
The Lit & Phil’s monthly Friday lunchtime concert series attracts a loyal following. Most of the time those in attendance have a fair idea of what to expect – typically straight ahead, GASbook, swing, an occasional Hot Club set. February’s concert presented the Mark Williams Trio. Some would be acquainted with Williams’ work as a supreme guitar accompanist to the jazz singer, some less so with the Irishman’s propensity to occasionally crank it up. The presence of two pedal boards (one at the feet of Williams, the other at the feet of in-the-pocket bassist Paul Susans) indicated today’s performance would be a little different. What would the Lit & Phil’s patrons make of it all?
Last Bus to Bensham, the wonderfully weird Weird Waltz, and Good Answer, three numbers from Williams’ recently released CD Last Bus to Bensham segued into an opening section of twenty or so minutes. Our bandleader is a man of few words. Would he speak at all? Perhaps reluctantly, he did, albeit briefly. Scoff in Peace is a mélange of Megadeth, John Scofield and jazz chops aplenty. Brilliant playing all round with Williams conjuring dark, brooding lines, Paul Susans revelling in the groove, and the man in the middle, Russ Morgan, giving another masterful display behind the kit.                          
Our man of few words likes a pithy title. By the Bye, Near ’Nuff and – hear the Irish brogue – Adare Say. From heavy groove into swing time jazz and out again, this was advanced stuff executed with an enviable nonchalance. So, what did the Lit & Phil’s regulars make of it all? They loved it! The full house showed its appreciation. Next month – Friday, 16 March – it’s the James Harrison Trio. Best advice is to arrive in good time for a one o’clock start, it's likely another sellout.
Russell
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3 comments :

Anonymous said...

*Megadeth . Interesringly some of the original Megadeth line up were jazz fusion musicians.

Lance said...

Spelling now corrected - thank you.

Richard Waddington said...

Many assume Megadeth are just more heavy metal fools, but they're far from it with Mustaines Beefheartian vocals and the afore-mentioned proper musicians.
The cool metalheads prefer them to Metallica, from whom Mustaine was forcibly removed for being too crazy, and the really cool metalheads won't listen to Metallica.

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