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Monday, March 17, 2014

Salsa Cafe Jazz Jam: Sunday March 16

Pete Gilligan (keys, drums); Steve Brown (bass guitar, keys); Joel Brown (keys); John Usher (guitar); Kay Usher (violin); Stuart Mckie (guitar); Stuart Findon (tenor sax, bass guitar); Fiona Findon (tenor sax, vocals); John Rowland (tenor sax); Paul Ruddick (alto sax);  Peter Ninnim (drums); Someone Else? (drums); Jenny Lingham (vocals); Ann Alex (vocals).
(Review by Ann Alex).
Readers will be able to tell from the above list that this was an informal, lively, thoroughly enjoyable session, with lots of mixing and matching, and people trying instruments that they don’t play so often.  I could maybe find myself on drums next time, so bring earplugs just in case. 
Sorry if I’ve missed anyone, but my excuse is that it was also a very sociable afternoon with lots of chatting, though that didn’t stop us from listening to some fine interpretations of standards such as Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me (Pete G totally on form, many solos, lovely constant whisk, whisk of cymbals); How High The Moon (led by a tenor sax); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (young Joel on keys cutting across with chords, less is more); Green Dolphin Street (sliding alto sax, contrasted with Stu’s more staccato tenor); All The Things You Are (Stu has switched to bass guitar); Pete back on keys for Fly Me To The Moon.  
We singers did our bit, Fiona with Softly As In A Morning Sunrise and a beautifully sung God Bless The Child, every word had meaning; I did Secret Love, which went well, with many solos, even from Pete on drums; Jenny did a skilled version of a difficult song, Speak Low.  One more tune from the band and that was it for another smashing week.        
Ann Alex.

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