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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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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

And Everybody Stayed - Paul Skerritt Band @ The Cherry Tree. August 11

Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance/photo by Simon).
Restaurant gigs, any musician will tell you, are gigs where the music runs a distant third behind the Crêpe Suzette or the latest piece of gossip! Even at a jazz orientated estab. such as the Cherry Tree I've witnessed some of the most wonderful music being totally unappreciated by the diners.
Tonight wasn't like that. 
The Skerritt Band entertain and they do it with presentation, brilliant musicianship and communication.
This latter word is the clue. Communication.
They communicate! Even playing Happy Birthday - as just about every other band does every other gig - is a groove. Skerritt can work a room as well as many more illustrious names do and tonight was no exception.
I'm not going to list the songs - Peter S did that in his review of last Wednesday's gig at Ashington and there were few changes to the repertoire. One change was Neil Harland on bass. I don't know if Neil has played with the band before but he certainly did them proud tonight.
Tom Chapman knows the pad and he kept it swinging, so much so he was pronounced "King of the Swingers" after his solo on that famous Jungle Book number.
Oh yes, just in case I forget, James Harrison played piano, which is like saying Muhammad Ali did a little boxing....
For an instrumental feature James played a fantastic version of Food, Glorious Food.
Was ever a tune more appropriate?
Szechuan peppered squid, Asian noodle salad, lime and coriander; Char-grilled bistro rump, peppercorn sauce and traditional steak garnish (and frites); Tiramasu with coffee granita washed down by a bottle of Black Sheep convinced me the tune was appropriate!
It was a cosmopolitan audience tonight. We had Simon - an Anglo Aussie who works in China - as well as a couple of Ashingtonians, some Teessiders and yours truly, the only member of Le Hot Club du Hebburn. 
Start spreading the news...
Lance.
(Photos courtesy of Simon pictured with James and the waitresses.)

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