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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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Monday, July 02, 2012

Ruth Lambert w. Stu Collingwood Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant.

Ruth Lambert (vcl); Stu Collingwood (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance).
One of the quieter nights at the popular Jesmond eaterie - surely no reflection on the food or the music.
Chicken Roulade, Sweet Corn Puree and Pancake, Confit Chicken Wing was simply a dish to die for. Ruth, meanwhile was singing Summertime - who's she kidding? If this is Summertime then I'm an Irishman begorrah so I am!
You and the Night and the Music was undermiked but I'm pleased to say my Loin of Rare Breed Pork, Crushed Peas, Smoked Bacon and Soy Vinaigrette wasn't undercooked. It was perfection as indeed was The Man I Love now that the mic levels had been adjusted.

Long Ago and Far Away wasn't where I wanted to be - not when Ruth was singing that very song and I was floating in a sea of Pain Perdu, Poached Apricots and Spiced Ice Cream.
Time After Time lovely song, well sung, more applause needed from an apathetic crowd. How Insensitive! Willow Weep For Me and Love For Sale finished off the set coinciding with the finish of my bottle of Black Sheep.
Stu Collingwood was doing some amazing things behind the vocals as well as in solo, Neil - your story teller, The Man in Black. Neil does the business full stop. The flamboyance he leaves in the case with his bass guitar (tonight he's on double bass).
Why is Paul Smith using a walking stick? - Seems as though he has a problem with his fifth metatarsal. The ever inventive Paul has performed some jiggery pokery with foot pedals and hi hats to enable him to play them with opposite feet so there was no loss of swing.
Left for Metro/bus 27 just as the rain began - Summertime? Start dusting off Winter Wonderland.
Lance.
PS: Nice stage win for Mark Cavendish in Stage 2 of Le Tour.

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