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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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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Greg Abate @ The Corner House

Greg Abate (alt/fl); Paul Edis (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms).
It's been a long time since I last heard an American backed by a local rhythm section at the Corner House - perhaps Russell or one of our readers can come up with the answer as to who was the actual last American soloist at the venue?
Whoever it was he would have been hard pushed to top tonight's performance by Greg Abate.
This was no old-timer cruising on his faded laurels, this was a guy going for it - taking the bebop language and translating it into his own.
Bird, Stitt, Criss, Abate...
The affable Italiano/Americano hit the deck running with all guns blazing on All The Things You Are. Anyone who'd turned up unsure of what they were about to receive were soon put in the picture.
The tunes rolled out, Sweet and Lovely may have tasted sweeter elsewhere but it was never lovelier than this!
Angel Eyes,, Like Someone In Love, Confirmation, Billie's Bounce and a most wonderful Star Eyes played on flute - these were just a few of the selections where Greg's brilliance and his sense of humour shone through.
His flute playing was also featured on I'll Remember April but for the audience it was a case of I'll Remember July 21.
Paul Edis too was at his best and it seemed inconceivable that Greg, Paul, Mick and Adam could produce such a polished performance without having previously blown together. That's jazz for you it either happens or it doesn't.
Tonight it happened!
Lance.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Agree with you.Best gig for a long time.But why no mention of Mick Shoulder who I thought was outstanding.

Lance said...

Agreed Mick was excellent as indeed he always is.
Likewise Adam and Paul.
My apologies.