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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 Monday June 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Tenement Jazz Band - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:30pm (doors). Free (donations).

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

PG Allstars @ Salsa, May 3

Paul Gowland (ten/alt), Pete Gilligan (pno), Ray Truscott (bs), Steve Doyle (dms)
(Review/photo by Dave Parker)
This was mainstream jazz of the highest quality – as good as anything you might hear in a top London club, but this was Saturday night in a small bar on Westgate Road and free admission.  Geordie jazz lovers are lucky.
The PG Allstars played standards but Gowland and Gilligan made them sound like originals.  They reworked the harmony on the classic ballad In a Sentimental Mood so it was less sugar and more spice.  Gowland played the head of Bye Bye Blackbird as though he’d just made it up with only an occasional snatch of the original melody.
Midnight Voyage lived up to its name: Gowland’s dreamy tenor took us to far away places and then back again with a brief echo of the melody before handing over to Gilligan whose haunting solo was equally transporting and then Truscott continued the mood with a lyrical journey through the entire range of his six-string bass.
Next was Take Five, the most familiar jazz tune which Gowland, on alto, made sound as fresh and extraordinary as when it was first played over 50 years ago.  Gilligan and Truscott kept the 5/4 rhythm nailed down while Doyle rolled all over the kit.
No point in mentioning every number – they were all brilliant.
Dave P.

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