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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pete Gilligan, Paul Grainger, Claire Kelly and Ray Truskett @ The Jazz Café

Pete Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs/dms); Ray Truscott (bs); Claire Kelly (vcl).
Well, Pete didn't unveil his vibes and Adolph didn't turn up either (unless that was him behind the bar) but, nevertheless, Messrs Gilligan and Grainger delivered the goods - did they not!
I've never quite understood why the local jazz Mafia boycott the Café - Keith Crombie has provided a showcase for local jazzers to ply their wares and get much valued experience - Dave Weisser does a similar thing at The Chilli and the Godfathers show small support for that either.
Politics aside, Gilligan was in love - He Met Miss Jones, then there was Stella (by starlight), Alice (in Wonderland), Autumn (in New York) who he later Leaves.
Claire Kelly showed and, after a hesitant I've Grown Accustomed to His Face, rocked I Got Rhythm. Who could ask for anything more? Well we did and got Love Me or Leave Me. A question like that is a no-brainer!
The room had filled nicely by this time and Claire stepped down to allow the boys - Grainger was now on drums and Ray Truscott was threatening bass guitar - nobody threatens better!
Billie's Bounce, You Don't Know What Love is kept the pot boiling before Claire stepped back up.
Clare Fischer's  Morning, despite being a first public airing was okay, Mr Ugly - tried and tested Kelly but No More Clichés was a new one and it worked.
The Jazz Café (Pink Lane, Newcastle) is one of the cities treasures - don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
Lance.

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