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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Jazz Café Jam. Sunday October 21.


Mark Williams (gtr); Chris Finch (tpt); Paul Grainger (bs).
(Review by Lance)
There Will Never Be Another You was the opener. I looked around the Jazz Café and couldn't help but think that there will never be another place like this.
Outside, the black and white shirts were staggering about but they knew, from past experience, that they wouldn't be allowed inside. A shirt with Birdland or Village Vanguard may have made it...
Mark Williams   is quite simply a brilliant guitarist pulling out some quite amazing runs and phrases. Woe betide anyone who has to 'follow that'! Chris, sensibly, didn't instead he responded with some minimalist trumpet playing..
Chris, recently, came to grief on a slippery floor whilst carrying a couple of pints and, as such, has to forgo piano playing in favour of his second instrument - trumpet.. The fall caused tendon problems and piano playing, he said, is out of the question - or so we thought!
With Paul Grainger on bass, the trio managed Time after Time, Billies Bounce, But Beautiful, Beautiful Love and All The Things You Are - (when in doubt...)
The venue was filling up with the cosmopolitan crowd The Caff attracts - Irish, Chinese, European - even someone from Hebburn (me!) Kaveh Emami took some photos (see above) and the band took the stand once more. This time Chris opted to play one handed piano which he did effectively on Bye Bye Blackbird after which it was time for me to say Bye Bye and head across to the Central Bar.
As I left Ray Truskett entered with bass guitar. Ray, last I heard, was heading west for his winter sojourn in Florida however, it seems, ill health caused him to postpone his departure. No doubt his doctor recommended taking the healing waters dispensed from behind the bar by Dr. Crombie.
The Jazz Café is a gem - it is unique!
Lance.


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