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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Salsa Jam January 5.

Pete Grainger (bs); Peter Ninnin (dms); Stuart McKie/Simon Stephenson (gtr); Grahame Easthope (ten) + Kath Jobes/? (vcl); Ray Burns (hca/vcl); Pete Gilligan (dms).
Jam sessions are never consistent. Whether it's the WI debating upon the merits of Mrs Murphy's Marmalade (rumoured to have been bought at Sainsbury's) or Mrs O'Shaughnessy's Blackcurrent (said to contain illegal substances) or the guys and gals socking it to them at the Salsa Café, it has to be said that the products are variable.
Today, without the guiding lights of Dave Parker, Chris Finch or John Rowland, The ship was steered by Paul Grainger who expertly guided his troops through the chordal minefields of C Jam Blues ("It's by Duke Ellington!" exclaimed one of the neophytes - how I longed to be back in that beautiful age of youthful enlightenment!)
Kath Jobes and Barry (Garry?) sang a couple - Debra Milne too but it was Ray Burns who kicked the gong around! Eschewing the mic he sang Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out and later Misty.
A good session. Easthope on tenor was a new name to me but he blew some nice sounds even when he wasn't too sure of the tune. But that's what jams are all about an opportunity to get in there and have a taste. All flavours are catered for!
Lance.
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