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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 Wednesday June 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Alexys de Alfaro & Julija Jacenaite - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Expect the Unexpected – Jam Session @ Salsa Cafe, Sunday February 23

Stuart Mckie (Guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Michael Howard (Drums)
(Review Ann Alex)
You never quite know what will happen at jam sessions, do you? It was a quiet start with the players as above and only myself to clap alone as audience, but by the end of the session we’d had an extra drummer (Jeff Armstrong); Chris Finch (keyboard) who brought a friend, Jessica, with him to help as a sort of roadie; Ray Burns with his voice and guitar but minus mouth organ; and to cap it all, a flamenco Guitarist who remained Anonymous. Plus, as usual, people enjoying meals and a couple of extra jazz fans.  I wonder where all the sax players were?
I had entered at 3.30pm as the trio were playing a more than competent version of Autumn Leaves.  The good thing about intimate sessions like this is that you can listen to the musicians discussing how to arrange their playing, always interesting.  The band continued with standards such as The Way You Look Tonight; A Foggy Day In London Town; Georgia On My Mind; encouraging each other with plenty of solos.  Enter Chris with the keyboard and a tune I didn’t recognise, then I found myself treating (is that the right word?) the audience to a song, All Of Me. A change of drummers, and Ray Burns sang about how he intends to marry Sweet Lorraine. A very pleasing voice, highish and passionate, and without a microphone as well.  All The Things You Are with a bass solo well worth a listen, and 4’s traded between piano and drums.  After the break, up steps the anonymous guitarist, taking centre stage with a long flamenco piece with Michael on drums and myself beating and clapping out the rhythms.  I didn't know I could do this until I did it!  The guitar then managed to lay down a Spanish riff which everyone could join in with.  Back to jazz, with Smile; How Deep Is The Ocean; Bye Bye Blackbird from yours truly, a couple of standards, and we all made our way home, musically satisfied until next week.
Ann Alex

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