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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Debra Milne Ensemble @ The Star + Jam Session


Debra Milne (vcl); Steve Glendinning (gtr); Paul Grainger (bs); Lewis West (dms) + Chris Finch (flug); Peter Ninnim (dms); Dave Parker (bs); Katherine Lowdon, Andrea, Jen (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
Not surprisingly there was an air of sadness and disbelief hanging over The Star tonight as folk struggled to come to terms with the tragic death of Heather Arthur (see previous post) and it was fitting that Debra should dedicate the session to her memory. I imagine it was a similar scenario over at The Chilli.
After a soundcheck on Jordu, Debra and her Ensemble got things underway with Four which ended with, wait for it, a round of fours featuring a new young drummer - Lewis West - who demonstrated he was au fait with jazz protocol.
Steve Glendinning had some praiseworthy solos whilst Paul Grainger fought manfully against a spiralling spotlight that constantly changed colours so that sometimes he appeared to be either blushing, had yellow jaundice or a severe case of measles. It didn't affect his playing which was as sound as ever although the spotlight sometimes made it seem as though he were spinning the bass bull-fiddle fashion!
As for Debra, she gave her usual polished renditions of jazz classics, originals and standards. Particularly poignant tonight was her Jazz Café song as Heather too was an habitué of that famed venue.
For the jam, Glendinning remained on stage to be joined by Chris Finch on flugel, Dave Parker (bass) and Peter Ninnim (drums).
Chris had a rich, mellow sound on Someone to Watch Over me and Blue Monk. A singer new to me - Katherine Lowdon - scored mightily with Moanin' but didn't quite get it together on When Sunny Gets Blue which isn't an easy song. Will follow her progress with interest.
The evening was rounded off by two singers from the Jazz Singing Class - Andrea who impressed with Straight no Chaser and Jen who did likewise with Night and Day.
Photos.
Lance.

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