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Branford Marsalis: "You talk to the old guys about it [52nd St.], and they say the music part was great. Every other aspect of it [pay, hours, conditions] sucked" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Sunday April 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Blues

Beefy La Slap - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Alex Fawcett Band - Tyne Bar, Maling St., Newcastle NE6 1LP. Tel: 0191 265 2550. 4:00pm. Free

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz - Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free. Monthly jam session.

Swing Manouche - Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Blaydon Jazz Club. Note new, regular start time.

Blues

Sour Mash Trio - 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.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Sammy Scott @ O'Hare Hilton Hotel, Chicago - Mar 5

(Review by our Man in Illinois)

Flying into Chicago over Lake Michigan the forecast temperatures were something like -16. Welcome to the US of A!

The first-night hotel bar entertainment was provided by singer-pianist Ms Sammy Scott. Comes Love is where the Brit abroad came in. Scott sang in a knowing, world-weary style accompanying herself at a Yamaha baby grand with some sympathetic piano. 

A Little Sugar in My BowlThey Can't Take That Away from MeDon't Get Around Much Anymore, Scott knew her stuff as barflies chatted about the ball game on the tv and business types talked business. Your reviewer and one or two others listenened to the music. 

Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You? (did Ms Scott ever meet Spoon, one wondered?), Billy Joel's New York State of Mind a good choice, so too The Shadow of Your Smile. A MillerCoors' pint of Blue Moon (available in selected Tyneside hostelries), some casual conversation, this was a pleasant introduction to the Windy City.

Sammy Scott said she'd be happy to take requests before taking a short break. Now then, there's an offer! Bebop Spoken Here said hello to Ms Scott. How about I Thought About You ventured your correspondent. I love that tune, replied Scott.  
        
Second set, true to her word, Scott sang I Thought About You. Thank you Ms Scott! A Foggy Day in London/Chicago TownThe Lady is a TrampA Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, yes, here in Chicago one was made to feel at home.
Russell

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