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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Splinter Jam Session @ The Bridge

Alan Law (pno); John Pope (bs); Andy Champion (dms) + sitters in.
The house trio got the ball rolling with a couple of numbers including a swinging There is no Greater Love. Bass player Andy Champion was on drums, Bass player John Pope was on bass and occasional alto player Alan Law was on piano. A good combination.
Alan Law remained at the keyboard as Jim Crinson took over on bass, Eric Stutt got behind the kit, the Findens - Stuart and Fiona brandished tenors and three of the five sported trendy headgear - who says jazz is old hat?! Sartorially speaking, Alan Law's highly polished brown shoes got the verdict.
Fiona sang In a Sentimental Mood and sang it well whilst Stuart set the benchmark for tenor playing.
Kath Jobes raved over a new singer who turned up at Salsa last night and sang Smile - Christine Ben-Ameh. Well Christine turned up at the Bridge and once again sang Smile.
Kath's enthusiasm was totally justified and I've got a feeling we're going to hear a lot more about this young lady. Her soulful interpretation drew a mountain of applause.
Next up another tenor saxman whose name I didn't catch. He too wore a hat and blew up such a storm we should have all been wearing hats! Coltrane Lives! His version of Georgia on my Mind had the intensity and earthiness of a Ray Charles vocal coupled with an instrumental technique that extended the range of the tenor to a harmonic land that even piccolo players could only dream about - must be the magic hat!
By now Jonathan Marriott had taken over on drums and it was left to John Rowland to carry on the tenor odyssey with a nicely paced Ornithology followed by Over the Rainbow
Throughout, Alan Law had worked diligently and quite brilliantly behind all and sundry and was due a well-earned break. Likewise John Pope who relinquished the double bass to bassist turned drummer turned bassist Andy Champion, joined on stage by Mrs Champion - Zoe Gilby.
The bass/vocal duo did, I think, Baghdad? and Way Down in the Hole. They just get better and better.
The evening rounded off with Stu and Fiona returning for On Green Dolphin St. and God Bless the Child. There may have been more but the number 27 was on the horizon...
Splendid evening.
Photos.
Lance.

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