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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Lyndsay Hannon Plus @ The Cherry Tree, September 8

Lyndsay Hannon (vocals), John Pope (bass), James Harrison (piano), Dave McKeague (drums).
(Review by JC)
'Life is a bowl of cherries' as someone once said but at the Cherry Tree it's even more than that - delicious cheese souffle, thinly sliced rare fillet of beef, and seasonal sea trout - and, on this occasion, Lyndsay Hannon Plus as well. Hannon and the band opened with Joni Mitchell's The Hissing of Summer Lawns, which is one of my favourites, but some loud residual chatter from a large table interfered with the sound a little bit. However, as the band got into it's stride this diminished and then some delightful versions of Why Try to Change Me Now with it's slowed down middle section and I Can't Escape from You with a elegant bass solo and delicate piano ornamentation had everybody paying attention. The band upped the tempo with a swinging I Can't Give You Anything But Love that showcased James Harrison's piano playing.
Lyndsay Hannon then sang a lovely version of Old Fashioned Hat (which, like some of the other pieces, is on the band's recent album The Spy) at the end of which she leaned louchely against the piano drawing comment from John Pope, to which she responded languidly 'If it wasn't for the olives in my martinis, I'd starve to death'. A quote from Mae West, according to my dining companion, and we hadn't expected her. This was turning into an exciting show!
A rocking version of Bye, Bye Blackbird followed, with lots of fine vocal improvisation from Hannon. Nature Boy began with a strikingly spare drums and voice combination before the piano and bass joined in with some tasty bossa nova licks.
The second half began with just the trio playing and they demonstrated their fine musical abilities on C Jam Blues and Take the 'A' Train.Lyndsay Hannon then returned to the stage to sing I Only Have Eyes For You, Skylark and Moonlight in Vermont. And John Pope got in one of his expert bass solos. A request from the audience for Blue Motel Room resulted in an exquisite rendition of the beautiful Joni Mitchell song (but can someone explain what 'boom boom pachyderms' are and what are they doing in the room?).
The set finished off with the band rocking out on So Nice to Come Home To with everyone getting a solo spot. A very good night with a fine band and we returned home with a copy of The Spy album to keep us well entertained.
JC

1 comment :

  1. JC The dictionary says that a pachyderm is a hoofed animal which doesn't chew the cud, eg a horse. But it can also mean a thick-skinned person, so that meaning might help (or not).
    Ann Alex

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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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