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Billy Eckstine: "I'm a negro performer with a Jewish name." [after being asked what his golf handicap was] - (Mr B by Cary Ginell. Hal Leonard Books 2013 January 2019).

Today Wednesday December 12

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Jess Johnson - Park Hotel, Grand Parade, Tynemouth NE30 4ER. Tel: 0191 295 6666. 12 noon. £65.00. & £29.95. Xmas lunch.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Folk and Acoustic - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. Free.

Jam session - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 8:00pm. Free. House trio: Mark Williams, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan.

Community Hall New Orleans Band - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm £3.00.

Swing Street - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 8:00pm. Free.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson Street, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

Dean James & The Black Dogs - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 8:00pm. Free.

Big Mellis Mini Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. From 7:00pm. Future Grooves (Music degree students). Multi bill, Sage Two. £5.00.

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

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Jazz Cafe Refugees: The Star: Debra Milne Ensemble: July 24

Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass/drums); Rob Bates (drums) + John Rowland (ten); Dave Parker (bs); Steve Summers (sop); Ann Alex , Kathy Jobes, Barry Keatings (vcls). (Review by Ann Alex).
 BSH arrived late at the gig because a gas leak had caused metro delays – we’d travelled on the good old 27 bus instead, we really need a song about this bus, it serves BSH so well.  Some of the gas must have seeped into the Star, as Debra and the lads were doing their stuff with aplomb when we arrived, ‘cooking with gas’ as they say.  
At 9.20pm they were playing Coltrane’s Equinox, Steve with his usual adventurous chords and runs, good steady bass from Paul, Rob drumming well, sweet-voiced Debra.  This was followed by an original, Stay (lyrics by Debra, tune from Steve), showing these two as an effective song-writing team – they should write more.  Other numbers included Have You Met Miss Jones; Senor Blues (with call and response between band and voice); a Betty Carter song with neat staccato chops from the drums; Relax, Debra’s words to the tune of Killer Joe, with a bass solo; Duke Ellington’s Caravan; and a Tom Waits song Temptation, with interesting vocalise from our singer. However the song I liked best had a feel of contemporary folk rather than jazz, a Steve/Debra original called Show Me The Man.
The Jam
After a break, during which Debra had taken the trouble to arrange for people to join the Jam, Paul Grainger took drums for a time (yes, I didn’t believe it either!); Dr Steve Summers and John Rowland popped up with their saxes (soprano and tenor); Dave Parker appeared on bass, and Barry Keatings treated us to a tasty version of Besame Mucho in Spanish, which I believe he speaks fluently.  After a catchy instrumental of Four, it was my turn to sing A Foggy Day In London Town, with Steve back on Guitar, Rob back on drums, and me pitching the song a bit too low for my voice, but it worked generally.  These are the thoughts that go through singers’ heads anyway.  Kath Jobes sang a good version of Autumn Leaves, well arranged by beginning slowly, then becoming fast and lively.  An instrumental, Stella By Starlight, rounded off the evening well.

Ann Alex

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