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OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

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Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish. CANCELLED! Back on October 8

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk.

FRIDAY 2

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk. SOLD OUT!

Lee Bates - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. A Blind Pig Blues Club event.

SATURDAY 3

Emma Wilson Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop.

SUNDAY 4

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quintet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. The band’s 25th anniversary celebrations!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Budtones @ Salsa Café February 15

Stuart Findon (Tenor);  Fiona Findon (Tenor/Vocals;) Eric Mckenzie-Stutt (Drums);  Dean Stockdale (Piano);  Paul Grainger (D Bass).
(Review/photo by Kath Jobes)
Well I’d heard that Dean Stockdale had joined the Budtones, but was surprised to see Paul Grainger on Bass, apparently their usual bass player, Andy Porritt became a dad today… a daughter Erin, congratulations Andy, and so the ever flexible Mr Grainger  seamlessly stepped into the breach and did what he does best!
Salsa was pretty packed when I arrived, but my table had been reserved, so I was able to settle down with my cranberry and soda to listen to the music… having realised my pen and pad were in my other coat, I resorted to technology and used the memo facility in my phone to make brief notes. 
The set kicked off with The Message by Nick Weldon, with the two horns out front and sounding stupendous.  Speaking of Stu… the guys went on to play Stu’s Blues, with Fi on vocals.  Next came a lively On Green Dolphin Street, and this brought one couple to the floor to dance,  and that gave an additional pleasure to the evening, as they danced on several occasions.  Miles Davis’ All Blues was followed by one of my favourites to sing, Good Morning Heartache… nice one Fi.  The last tune of the set was Lester Leaps In.
After the interval, the band did a quick rendition of Happy Birthday To You for Stefan, who was dining with friends… good choice for a birthday bash…a night of Jazz and Tapas.
A sweet start to the 2nd set with Sugar was followed by a lovely instrumental arrangement of All The Things You Are.  Fi then stepped up to sing a beautiful ballad, Tenderly, before returning to another lovely tune, Pretty Eyes by Horace Silver.  Next came a tune that Fi Findon has put words to, as apparently several bebop tunes have been  given names with ‘ology’ in them, so this one was named, Notology .  The final number of the night was written about a bass player – Paul Chambers, it was of course Mr PC.
Final comments:  A really tight set, eloquent solos from horns, bass and piano, and when the band played 4s it was Eric’s turn to shine!
Kath J.

1 comment :

Unknown said...

Great Kath, good to see you there. It was a highly enjoyable evening for us too, on the other side of the Bandstand. and so good to see Ike and his lovely wife, dancing the night away.
It was a happy day indeed with the arrival of Erin (Porrit), in to the world, keeping Mr Porrit distracted from depping in for our own Bass player, Jim Crinson. Paul and Eric kept the whole set swinging brilliantly, and such a pleasure to play with them.
Thank you Kath for taking the time to write such a great review, see you tomorrow at the Jazz Cafe Jam session

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