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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Jam Session @ Salsa Café, Newcastle, January 19.

(Review by Peter Ninnim).
So listen.
It’s Sunday; it’s raining; there’s netball on the sports channel; omnibus soap operas on BBC.
You could get stuck into the DIY and score a few points, snooze on the sofa, go to Eldon Square or the Metro centre, OR you could come along to the Salsa Café, bring the kids, and relax with a drink and something to eat and listen to some cool jazz.
Sunday gone was the day for a really entertaining session with new players arriving and a solid rhythm section providing the foundations. Kay Usher brought her electric violin along and kicked off proceedings with an entertaining performance of Honeysuckle Rose. Husband John Usher adding to the ensemble with some tasteful guitar. This was followed by Moonlight in Vermont and Lady be Good
Fi Finden played tenor and introduced Sugar, a tune by Stanley Turrentine and not one with which I’m familiar. All the Things you are and a vocal on Tenderly followed.
The tunes were coming thick and fast and your reporter will have to have a bigger pad so forgive me if some of the attributes are a bit off.
John Rowland gave us Embraceable You as well as, of course, playing on most of the other numbers. Ray Burns joined in on harmonica for Indiana and Jen Errington sung On Green Dolphin Street and Good Morning Heartache and very nicely too. Stuart McKie combined rhythm guitar with some very thoughtful solos, taking it in turns with John Usher, this really worked well.
Kath Jobes provided the vocal on Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to you, Autumn Leaves and I’m Beginning to See the Light; her voice seems to improve each week. Barry Ascroft on Piano , Dave Parker and Peter Ninnim on bass and drums respectively set off Blue Bossa with the horns, including Stuart Finden on Tenor. Among other tunes featured were A Nightingale Sang in Berkely Square, Secret Love and a welcome performance of Angel Eyes by Lindsay Hannon.
No Jam next week; see you on the February 2..
Peter Ninnim

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