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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.

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

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Jazz Cafe Refugees, The Star, July 31, The Blue Jazz Quintet and Jam Session

Chris Finch (keys); Karen Rann (sop sax); Jeff Smith (ten sax); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums) + Jen Errington, Sue Straker  (pictured), Kath Jobes, Yours Truly (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
It began with a call from the soprano sax that brought us into A Foggy Day In London Town. Saxes featured well, in harmony, then solo, and Michael on drums going great guns after being away in France on a music course.  Blue Train followed, featuring a delightful walking bass solo.
Feeling Wise, a world premier composed by Chris Finch himself, a swinger of a tune with a solo from Chris.  Well done!
My Funny Valentine featured Jeff on tenor; Ladybird had 4s from bass and drums, so it was good to have the rhythm people coming to the fore, so to speak, in mid performance, with some bands they often have to wait a while for their special moment.  We then went Latin with Song For My Father, a gift for drums, and Michael played the part with aplomb.
So What segued amusingly into Some Day My Prince Will Come (maybe a tribute to the new royal baby, or not) and the set ended with Sonny Rollins Tenor Madness. And you can catch this entertaining band again on the Sage Concourse this Friday at 8pm.
No other instrumentalists were present, it must be holiday time for blowers and fretters, but vocalists were out in force to support ‘our’ band, bless them, who accompany Blue Jazz Voices. 
Jen Errington stepped up to do confident, tasty versions of Lullaby Of Birdland and East Of The Sun.  Sue Straker came up with No More Blues and a sweetly sung Bye Bye Blackbird.  Kath Jobes told us that she was Beginning To See The Light, with great style and swing.  By now time had run out, but the audience shouted for Yours Truly to sing one (honestly they did!), so I came up with Autumn Leaves, nothing to do with the time of the year at all, but why be logical?
An enjoyable evening.
Photos.
Ann Alex


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