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Today Saturday February 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Electric Guitar Masterclass – The Music of Robben Ford - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 10:00am. £15.00. Jamie Mackay conducts a masterclass looking at the work of former Miles Davis’ sideman Robben Ford.

Evening

Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - Core Music, 14a/b Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3NJ. Tel: 01434 601993. 8:00pm. Donations (suggested donation £10.00.). DJM w Mick Shoulder (guitar); Giles Strong (guitar); Ian Paterson (double bass).

Blues/Funk/Soul

Half Hand Hoodoo Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 9:00pm. Free.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mark Williams Trio @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle..

Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Richard Brown (dms)
No argument! Mark Williams is an incredible player. His opening number - a piece by John Schofield - set a very high benchmark even for Mark to match. However, by the final number of the first set - Booze Blues (Bloos?) he'd raised the bar again as well as a glass to acknowledge the title.
This latter number featured Richard Brown on drums in a lengthy solo that was an impressive display of taste and technique. 
On bass, Paul Susans provided an original composition the name of which I didn't catch - or maybe it wasn't thrown! Whatever, it was a good tune with a descending phrase that reminded me of an old MJQ number - don't ask me which! Paul, naturally, had one of his many excellent solos on this one - you don't invent a game to get beat on it!
Come the second set, which unfortunately I only heard part of before departing for the good old number 27 bus, Mark moved up the gears once more. The tune was Masquerade but there was no disguising the guitarist's technique as he tore this ballad to shreds with a wildly exciting thrash. 
The number 27 bus had reached Sunderland Road before my pulse rate returned to normal! 
Three great musicians at the top of their game.
Catch Mark at Hoochie Coochie on Thursday.
Lance.

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