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Jackie Paris: "A singer's got to be able to tell a story. Frank Sinatra and Nat Cole are best at that; Mel Tormé too. I like to take a lyric that means something and sing it right to the person it was meant for." - (DownBeat October 11, 1962).

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Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. Part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

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Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden (see above).

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

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Paul Skerritt @ Jazz Café, Newcastle July11

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (dms); Anth Ord (bs); Dave Donnelly (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos by Paul Ennis).
There's an old album by Erroll Garner entitled The Most Happy Piano. It's a great album and if, or rather when, James Harrison releases an album of his own it could be The Even Happier Piano because if ever a guy enjoyed playing it is James (Listen and learn Keith Jarrett!)
This was a gig for all seasons. Paul Skerritt can work a room with the skill of a Las Vegas entertainer and he had those present in the palm of his hand. He sings, he swings, he ring-a-ding dings. Old Blue Eyes ain't dead - he just moved to the north-east absorbing a bit of rock 'n' roll along the way.
A varied program that begun with I've Got You Under My Skin and ended with My Secret Love. Some of the numbers in between included Don't Get Around Much Any More, a frenetic version of Georgia on my Mind, Orange Coloured Sky, American Boy and Play That Funky Music.  Just some of the gems that captured the fans who wanted to hear songs sung well and pianos played as pianos ought to be played (no offence Harley!)
Also, a new brew from Hadrian Breweries, specially brewed for the Jazz Café - Geordiejazz! At 4.4% it proved to be very potable (hic!) but not as much as the music which was 100% proof.
A good gig in good company - remember the address - 25 Pink Lane.
Lance.
PS: Dave Donnelly, depping for Tom Chapman, was ace on drums and Anth Ord on both electric and acoustic bass did sterling work in the engine room popping up on deck for the intro and solo on Ain't No Sunshine. Don't you believe it, the sun shone brightly all evening.

4 comments :

Paul Anthony Ennis said...

What a fantastic night of top quality Jazz! Every member of the band gave their appreciative audience 100% enthusiasm, coupled with a deep passion and love of music in every song performed. The future of Paul Skerritt and his band at the Jazz Cafe is guaranteed!! I can't until next time :)

James Harrison (on F/b). said...

Thanks for the most happy review Lance!! Ha Ha.

Barbara Holding said...

Last Friday was my quite by chance debut visit to the Jazz cafe and what an amazing night to pick. I was blown away by the sheer exuberance and energy of James Harrison”s piano and the smoothie voice of Paul not to mention the others in the band. I left the place with a real feel good vibe unable to believe I had experienced such quality music for a fiver. When and where are this amazing band going to perform again?

Ashington Jazz Club said...

They are at Ashington Jazz Club on 6th August

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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