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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.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Salsa Café Jam - January 12

(Review by Peter Ninnim.)
This weeks Jam, which is organised by the Pink Lane Jazz Co-op, was probably the most successful yet. Not only were there a fair number of musicians playing solid jazz, there were many diners, with families and people in for a quiet drink or coffee, and indeed one or two escapees from the match! There was at least one Man. City fan!
What better thing to do on a winter Sunday afternoon but chill out with a meal and a glass of wine and listen to jazz!
The resident trio this week was delighted to welcome Barry Ascroft on piano who combined brilliantly with Dave Parker on Bass and Pete Ninnim on Drums. After a few teething troubles with the PA etc this was put right by the café personnel very quickly and the drummer was able to rest his brushes for a while.
John Rowland was his usual inspiring self on Tenor Sax, and the regular Stuart Mckie complemented the overall sound on Guitar. Stuart has not been playing Jazz guitar for very long (ex rocker I believe!) but he is making some lovely solos. Fi Finden arrived to give us some great Tenor and some tuneful and tasteful vocals. Stuart Finden added a third very welcome Tenor sax. Towards the end of the afternoon El Supremo (Pete Gilligan) popped in to sit in for a few numbers which is always very welcome.
Sitting with both hands full jammed under a staircase it’s not really possible to make a note of all the tunes but a fine version of On Green Dolphin Street stood out. The closing number was a great performance by the entire ensemble of Tenderly.
Next week; same time, same place; see you there.
Pete Ninnim

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