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Monday, September 08, 2008

Cleethorpes Jazz Weekend - Report from John Taylor

Just back from Cleethorpes. Did Sat/Sun only with stopover Sat night
Its three or more years since Alan and I were last there and audience numbers were well down. Saturday afternoon was particularly not for me - three free form bands in a row. Alan Barnes was just a three piece. - not a big enough sound. No real "star" attraction - altogether the festival had only one redeeming feature and that was the Alex Welsh reunion band.
To sum it up: Too far to travel (got home 1:30 am this morning). No atmosphere from an older audience who did not understand free form. Jazzed out - too much pushed into a short time - Scarborough looks a better bet - but it has some of the same free form bands

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