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Today Monday June 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Tenement Jazz Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:30pm (doors). Free (donations).

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Laurie Holloway Trio @ Leeds College of Music.

Laurie Holloway (pno), Dave Olney (bs), Harold Fisher (dms).
We kicked off with short filmed clips of Laurie accompanying just about everybody who was anybody ...Garland, Ella, Sammy Khan, Grappelli, & many more. Then on stage they came, smartly dressed in dark suits, diagonally striped ties, crisp shirts, and we just knew we were in for a feast of great music.
This modest, unassuming smiling man , at the top of his profession, was simply the best. His musicians were an absolute knockout, the bass player just wowed us with talent & the drummer attacked & caressed with joy.
There was indeed something for everyone in this stylish venue at Leeds College of Music, and with Laurie confessing that they were big on medleys, on this occasion, medleys we got!! Lionel Bart - In earlier years, Laurie toured with Antony Newley doing Bart numbers - Burt Bacharach, being described by Laurie as a modern day George Gershwin, Beatles (yes he thought there was a place for them) and more. Yet again I was drawn to the Latin, & Jobim's " Wave" was to me the epitome of lush life on sandy beaches & romance, you could smell the ocean!!
We heard a spirited "Cute" and he encored with a touching mention of his "lovely Marion (Montgomery)" who would always, he said, end with the Saints...so he did.
Liz.
Afterthoughts; My God that bass player was something else...he looked a bit like Roy Castle by the way. Before the show, as we were early we got chatting to the manager of "The Venue", (LCM) Colin. He was a drummer as well, & had lived in Newcastle for some years. Naturally, we told him about "Bebop Spoken Here" - he seemed genuinely interested.

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thanks Liz, A very emotive and descriptive review.
Leeds College has been the launching pad for so many up and coming musicians, tutors and jazz in general as well as showing support to established names like Laurie Holloway.
Long may they continue.
PS: I hope the binmen's strike didn't mar your enjoyment!

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