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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm. Free.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gillespiana @ King's Head, Crouch End

Pete Long (ldr/alt); Steve Fishwick, George Hogg, Gabriel!?, Nathan Bray (tpts); Alastair White, ? (tmb); Sammy Maine, ? (alt); David Lewis, Richard Shepherd (ten); ? (bar); Simon Wallace (pno); Alan Graham (vbs); Jim Richardson (bs); ? (dms); Roberto Da Plu? (timb/bongoes); Satin Singh (conga).
Apologies for the names I missed.
This is the tribute band to end all tribute bands. Forget the original records this is how Dizzy's big band may have sounded on location in a small club.
It began with Leader Long blowing chorus after chorus on Anthropology - his only alto blast of the evening but what a blast with just the rhythm section. The two trombones then had an extended joust before the full power of the band was unleashed on Ow! Steve Fishwick needless to say was at his boppiest.
I was breathless and this was just the opener!
In the confines of the compact basement it was positively quadrophonic!
Algo Bueno equally powerful with trumpet player George Hogg outstanding as indeed he was all evening - a guy to watch out for he's a comer.
Emanon featured the rhythm section before tenorist Shepherd and a third trumpet talent the improbably, albeit appropriately, named Gabriel took it to the cleaners.
Dave Lewis blew a long soul-like tenor solo before the band took off on Good Bait with George Hogg once more rubber stamping his credentials.
The set finished with One Bass Hit and some fine bass hitting by one Jim Richardson.
By now I was on Cloud 9 and still rising - this is an amazing band - a must for any Jazz Festival.
Manteca kicked off part two - a truly original take on the original in the form of a suite with emphasis on the rhythm section and another great solo by Hogg.
Sammy Main played an emotionally packed I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good 'cept it was bloody good!
Night in Tunisia then Our Delight to round off what had indeed been a delight!
Lance.

1 comment :

ColinM said...

Hello Lance,

I was pleased to meet you at the gig, which was indeed brilliant. Your write-up of it captures it well. Thanks.

Colin

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