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Gil Goldstein: "The first three days I was in Florida, I heard Jaco Pastorius play at a club in Fort Lauderdale, and then I heard Pat [Metheny] play in a class on jazz composition. My whole experience of the world changed in those three days." - (DownBeat, March 2020).


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Today Tuesday February 25



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


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

A Roaring 20s Social - Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 7:30pm. £12.00.,£10.00. Music student, £8.00. DUJS member. A Durham University Jazz Society event. Open to all.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.


To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Theatre by the Lake" in Keswick An evening with John Hallam and friends, featuring "Spats" Langham. March 21.

(Because it happened before the Gateshead Festival and arrived after the Festival Ray Robson's review of a concert at Keswick's "Theatre by the Lake" got buried. However, I've brought it forward so those who know Keswick can wallow in its pastoral tranquility and say "I wish I'd been there - maybe in May for the Keswick JF..." - Lance)
John Hallam (clt/sax), Thomas "Spats" Langham (gtr/bjo/vcl), Roy Cansdale (bass), Paul Adams (dms)
 Perhaps a long way to travel from Newcastle to listen to Jazz, but an excellent Sunday lunch at The Sportsman In Laversdale on the way plus the thought of listening to two such accomplished musicians as John Hallam and Spats Langham inspired us to make that journey.
And it was well worth the effort!
A full house in the fairly atmospheric studio was entertained initially by the humorous intro of Paul Adams and the thought that not only were the band being filmed, so were we the audience, for a musical promotion of some sort. However thoughts of stardom were quickly forgotten when the jazz began ...
The superb playing of John Hallam on clarinet and sax was mixed admirably with Spats' marvelous guitar playing, accompanied by excellent rhythm work by Roy and Paul.   Spats sang vocals on a few tracks, in that inimitable "twenties" style he so personifies - ah,  you could close your eyes and go back in time ...
Add a couple of banjo solos from Spats which were well received, and all of a sudden the night had flown over, it always seems to when you are enjoying yourself ...
There are other events at the "Theatre" as part of the Keswick Jazz Festival, Sun 9 to Wed 12 May, well worth a visit, especially the "Evans-Hallam Magic Five", we saw this "new" band at Jan Grasmere Jazz weekend, and they just blew us away... John H is joined by James Evans (both on reeds) with superb pianist Tom Kincaide and 3 great rhythm guys.
Ray Robson.

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