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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Super Sunday @ The Jazz Café

Sarah Travena (sop); Pete Gilligan (pno); Ray Truscott (bs); Eric Stutt (dms).
Alan Law (pno/alt); Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Julija Jacenaite(vcl).
A late start but well worth the waiting for with some moments that defined what the Jazz Café and jazz itself is all about.
Sarah set the pace with a fine version of Besame Mucho - chorus after chorus fell, seemingly, effortlessly beneath her fingers - the lines as lithe and sinuous as her endless legs.
Pete Gilligan was back into the two-handed world and his playing showed little restraint from his recent fracture - truth is his solo on There Will Never Be Another You fractured the audience including a couple of guys up here working on a Vanessa Redgrave movie. The Jazz Café where the elite meet to hear some great jazz.
Eric Stutt and Ray Truscott drove things along although personally I prefer a four string bass to a six stringer. Nevertheless, Ray did the business.
Lindsay arrived with Alan on alto and they did Blue Monk very effectively followed by an up-tempo version of Down With Love (Yip Harburg?) - Lindsay really nailed that one!
Alan moved over to piano and a new star appeared in The Galaxy - Julija Jacenaite.
A Lithuanian lady, Julija really made her mark. Don't ask me what the song was - maybe it was called For You - if it was it was for me for you and for everyone who heard it. It was blues it was ballad it was rock with a Tina Turner like intensity.
As earthy as anything I've heard in the last 100 years - let's hope she sticks around Newcastle.
Lance.

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