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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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Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Tribute to Bill Evans and Scott La Faro - Scarborough Jazz Festival Friday September 28 Afternoon session.

Gareth Williams (pno); Dave Green (bs); Enzo Zirilli (dms).
This follows on nicely to Russell's review of the Paul Edis Trio's Bill Evans tribute at Hexham last night.
The main difference between the two was that whereas Edis concentrated on Evans' original pieces, Williams - with the exception of Waltz For Debbie which has become a standard anyway and La Faro's Glorious Step - chose to work on Evans' standard repertoire. Both were brilliantly done - I'd seen the Edis version prior to the Hexham gig.
Paul went into greater biographical detail - not all of which we wanted to know whereas Williams concentrated on the musical aspects of his life.
On bass Dave Green was as dependable as ever proving to be the perfect "Scott La Faro" whilst on drums Enzo Zirilli filled the Paul Motian role. Williams himself played a lot of piano - at times more than Evans played yet still capturing perfectly the mood. Just as George Shearing's chords are easily identifiable so are the harmonic clusters of Evans.
For the record titles played included; What is This Thing Called Love? My Foolish Heart (the song that first got Williams hooked on the flawed genius), Waltz For Debby, Young and Foolish, Autumn Leaves, Spring is Here, The Theme from Mash (Evans' favourite tv program), Come Rain or Come Shine, Someday my Prince Will Come and My Romance. A great start to the Festival with more to follow in the evening.
Lance.

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