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Marc Myers: " If the original group with Baker was Dover sole, the group with Brookmeyer was beef stew." - (JazzWax, December 7, 2019).

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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Bob Caswell + Blaydon Jazz Trio - 10/12/09

A freezing fog and late change of date for this gig contrived to reduce audience numbers but those that braved the fog were rewarded with a real treat. I have heard Bob sing several times now over recent years and can say he was on absolutely outstanding form this evening. Bob is a veteran of the dance band and big band era but equally at home in intimate cabaret type ‘trio + singer’ format. His delivery at times powerful, then tender – great breath control, diction etc.– he is an absolute pro. He waltzed effortlessly through a great selection of songbook classics, highlights for me being Michel Legrand’s ‘What are you doing the rest of your life’ and ‘I will wait for you’, a rip roaring ‘Old Man River’ and a version of ‘Misty’ that shifted from up tempo to slow ballad with ease. Jeremy McMurray too was on top form handling accompaniment duties with aplomb as well as some fine solos and features for the trio. Ably supported by the legendary Pete Ayton on bass and the listening drummer, Billy Shield. This was one of those concerts where the players just threw caution to the wind and delivered up a memorable evening of jazz – the rapturous applause at the end testified to that. Roly

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