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Today Wednesday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Scott Wall - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 20, 2012

John Hiatt & The Combo - Americana Festival, The Sage, Gateshead.

John Hiatt (gtr/vcl); Nathan Gehr (bs); Kenneth Blevins (dms); Doug Lancio (mand); Brandon Young (vcl).
(Review by Lance)
Every so often I leave my jazz hat  behind and step into a different genre - most noticeably at The Sage's annual Americana Festival which imports country, rock and blues performers from "across the pond" as well as providing a platform for home grown talent to perform at Gateshead.
The sun shone and Performance Square was rocking to the Honeybop Trio when I arrived.. Hannah was in good voice.
Some wine and nibbles at the press reception then it was Hall One for John Hiatt and The Combo following on from Pete Molinari's solo set (reviewed elsewhere).
This wasn't The Sage, Gateshead, I thought as Hiatt went into A Cadillac with Tennessee Plates,  this is a bar in Downtown Memphis or was it the Hard Rock Café?. There were hints of Chuck Berry, Ry Cooder and many more in this upfront performance by a guy who simply rocked his ass off.
The audience knew their stuff and applauded the announcement of each tune which included You Got A Real Bad Look featuring Lancio on mandolin, Dust Down Country Roads, Cry Love, Drive South, It Feels Like Rain, Slow Journey, Memphis in the Mean Time and Have a Little Faith in Me.
It was a solid performance and a standing ovation at the end was duly, and justifiably, won.
Needless to say we demanded more and got it in the form of the Eric Clapton/BB King classic written by Hiatt - Riding With The King.
A good start to the 3 day extravaganza.
As a footnote - Roz Rigby is amazing in the manner with which she adapts so elegantly and informatively to whatever genre she is called upon to present..
Lance.

1 comment :

Gordon Dodd said...

Too right re John Hiatt's performance - top drawer - v tight combo too.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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