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Monday, October 20, 2014

Keith Stephen's Hot Club Trio w. Caroline Irwin @ Blaydon Jazz Club (Black Bull). October 19

Keith Stephen (gtr); Roly Veitch (gtr/vcl); Bruce Rollo (bs/vcl); Caroline Irwin (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Caroline wasn't firing a ukulele from the hip or a cornet from the lip (at least not during the first set) but this modern day flapper did flash her eyes, and us males paralyse, with her vocals during this fine session at the Black Bull.
It had been a while since I visited the cosy home of Blaydon Jazz Club involving for me as it does trains and boats and planes or, to be more precise, buses, metros and pedestrian flyovers. The trip was worth it.
The room has an ambiance that lends itself to whatever the evening holds in store allowing for interaction been performer and listener.
The two guitarists are masters of the style and it was interesting to compare the different sounds despite both using Maccaferri style guitars. Keith, on lead, punchier, harder sounding - the fighter. Roly, softer, sweeter - the boxer. But this wasn't a brawl, it was a meeting of the like-minded combining to turn Blaydon into the 21st Arrondissement.
On bass, Bruce Rollo plucked and slapped - no poncy arco stuff from him and Caroline, as stated, drew the audience in a manner that can best be described by the groups opening instrumental - Coquette!
Vocals on Fly Me To The Moon; Cuckoo (en Francais); Me, Myself and I (with great guitar interplay); Bésame Mucho (en Español); I Get the Blues When It Rains; This is my Lucky Day and I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (w. vocal assist from Bruce). Roly sang Dinah (composed by Harry Akst w. words by Sam Lewis and Joe Young - no not our Joe Young - and not by Eddie Cantor as I suggested although he did originally perform it!)
A waltz about Hedgehogs featured some prickly guitar playing and my evening was rounded off with yours truly winning a bottle of vino in the raffle!
I wanted to stay longer but the trains and boats and planes scenario demanded an early depart.
Don't miss next months special - ace tenor player - Vasilis Xenopoulos. November 23.
Lance.

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