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Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £15.00.

New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. Tel: 0191 433 8420. 7:30pm. £15.00. Featuring Keith Nichols, Ruth Lambert. Ticket reservations: 0191 281 4011 or email: ragtimedavekerr-aol.com

Mark Nightingale w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.20.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth, Durham DH1 3AT. Tel. 0191 386 5556. 7:00pm. Advance booking advised.

Blues

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Alan Law Trio w James Birkett @ Blaydon Jazz Club - September 16

Alan Law (piano); James Birkett (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums).
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Roly V).

A second set only review. An advance ticket purchase dictated your correspondent's early evening whereabouts - Polly Gibbon's gig with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band at Hoochie Coochie - resulting in a late arrival at the Black Bull. 

Blaydon Jazz Club's September concert presented the Alan Law Trio working with a much-loved friend of Blaydon, master guitarist James Birkett. Arriving in time to hear the final number of the first set - Lady Be Good - it was good to see a good number of folk had made the effort and, encouragingly, a few new faces. Hey, Lady be Good, a cookin' rhythm section with Birkett flying, a pretty good way to tune out of roaring big band mode and adjust to a small combo. 

The interval: a Deuchars, please. A raffle ticket, the usual outcome...
Second set: Lulu's Back in Town for starters, Blue Bossa* then a timeless ballad - I Fall in Love Too Easily. Pianist Alan Law plays, as they say, with a feelin'. Finding a way, choosing a chord, liking a phrase, Law's solos develop out of seemingly very little, the nurturing of an idea. And the man to take it on, Dr.

James Birkett, did just that. The boys at the back, Paul Grainger sounding better than ever, and in-demand drummer Russ Morgan, made incisive contributions, a compatible quartet if ever there was one. 

And that was about it but not before they jumped aboard an A Train. Next month - Sunday, October 19 - James Birkett returns to play a gig with fellow guitarist Bradley Johnston. If you love jazz guitar don't miss this one.
Blaydon photos. 
Russell.
In introducing Blue Bossa Alan Law said it was the first jazz tune he learned to play properly. In so doing Law inadvertently stumbled upon as good an answer as any to the question: What is jazz? Hopefully, you can play the tune as well as you hum it walking along the street 

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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.)
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