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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.


As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Steve Waterman's Ten Piece Project @ Saltburn Community Hall. (Friday June 5.)

Steve Waterman (trumpet & flugel horn), Noel Dennis (trumpet), Sue Ferris (baritone sax), Graeme Wilson (tenor sax), Rod Mason (alto sax), Chris Hibbard (trombone), Keith Norris (trombone), Paul Edis (piano), Andy Champion (double bass & electric bass), Adrian Tilbrook (drums).
The Victoria pub just down the road from the Community Hall was, I thought, just the place to sit and have a pre - gig pint and escape the falling rain in Saltburn...ten musicians had already hit on the same idea ! So, a pint of Skelton's IPA it was. A glance at Cleveland's '' Evening Gazette '' and it was time to stroll up to the venue. Well before the advertised kick - off the place was packed to the rafters - I think they knew they were onto a good thing.
Waterman's Ten Piece Project was assembled to play the music of some of the trumpet maestro's favourite composers. We were treated to an evening of tunes by Tadd Dameron (''Our Delight'', ''Good Bait'', ''Lady Bird''), Benny Golson (''Killer Joe''), Herbie Hancock (''Watermelon Man'', ''Chameleon'', ''Cantaloupe Island'') and others.
''Our Delight '' opened with Waterman and Ferris in unison; the other frontliners (all five of 'em!) joined in and the ace rhythm section stoked it up. Waterman afforded solos to all in the ensemble throughout the two sets; it was very much a collaborative evening of music making.
Solo after solo proved to be a highlight - Adrian Tilbrook (a master percussionist of the larger ensemble) took a superb solo, as did Andy Champion, Graeme Wilson, Rod Mason, Noel Dennis...the list goes on. Waterman's own composition ''Destination Unknown '' demonstrated his top - drawer technique. The band dealt with ease anything and everything thrown at them, not least the rhythm section playing ''Chameleon'' as the frontline played '' Watermelon Man'' - it worked!
A great gig at a nice venue with a bottle of Fuller's ''London Pride'' at hand. Perfect.
This evening's concert was presented by Saltburn Arts in association with Jazz Action and Geneva Trumpets. Geneva Trumpets are hand made in nearby Skelton by Tim Oldroyd. Messrs. Waterman and Dennis are but two of his clients.
Russell .

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