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Dayna Stephens: "I always tell them [students] there will never be anyone who will play it [EWI] as technically proficient as this cat [Michael Brecker] did." - (JazzTimes June 2019).

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Today Tuesday June 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Claire Kelly Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie. June 14


Claire Kelly (vcl); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms).
What can I say? A good singer, three excellent musicians - the ingredients are all there - this should have been Hoochie Coochie Heaven!.
Seven Steps to Heaven? They maybe reached Step 5
I don't know but, for some reason the components didn't gel the way they did on Claire's last visit.
The girl sang well and looked good, Mark soloed impressively, Paul was rock solid and Jeff solid as a rock yet they didn't tick all the boxes and I don't know why.
Perhaps it was the mainly new and possibly unfamiliar material - there were obvious moments of uncertainty -but overall there wasn't the buzz about the two sets that there normally is with Claire.
Audience wise it was the vibrant blues numbers that drew the most applause and where it seemed most likely to happen but never quite did.
Lance.

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