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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Jazz Café Jam Session October 7.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms) + Richard Herdman/Bradley Johnston (gts); Matthew MacKellar (dms); Ray Johnson (tpt/flg); Will (vcl); Joel Brown (pno).
(Review by Lance).
There's always an air of anticipation prior to a jam session. Who will turn up? Will they cut it?
Tonight they cut it!
The trio provided the "Overture to a Jam Session" with My Romance; Hampton Hawes' Sonora and a sensitive rendition of Prelude to a Kiss. Sound! No problems in the engine room apart from Winnie Atwell's "other piano"!
Opening the fretting for the visitors was Bradley Johnston and a rather doomy piece entitled Saga of something or other. Not a foot-tapper. Nor was Scrapple From the Apple unless you wanted to risk breaking your ankle - it was fast.
Change of drummer and conversion of kit from southpaw to orthodox.
The newcomer was Matthew MacKellar - all of 16 year old but with the technique and flair of a seasoned pro. His reputation had preceded him (Chilli hot line) and he lived up to it as he Met Miss Jones, On Green Dolphin St finishing off with All the Things You Are.
Joel Brown was possibly even younger! sitting down at the upright and giving an impressive solo swing version of Tea For Two.
Where are they all coming from?
Ray Johnson came down from Rothbury to blow trumpet and flugel on Dear Old Stockholm and Stolen Moments along with Richard Herdman who jetted in from Leadgate complete with Gibson (175?). They were on the money.
Time for a song. Will, ex vocalist with the Lounge Lizards, gave out with Georgia and Moondance. A fine singer appreciated by those sitting down front but he needed more mic (or less band) to be heard to his best advantage by those further back.
Bradley and Richard provided a two guitar section on Anthropology then Richard played that well known Geordie love song by Cole Porter - Ye'd be so Neece to Gan Yam Te which coincided with my departure for the 22.57 Metro.
Lance.

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