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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jam Session @ Jazz Café - November 18.

Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms); Bradley Johnston (gtr) + Paul Gowland (alt); Yuya Honami (dms); Kath Jobes, Ann Alex (vcl); ? (fl).
(Review by Lance).
The students were out in force tonight. Noisy, boisterous, but, nevertheless, adding a welcoming ambience that surely served to draw the passing stranger inside. Nothing more forbidding to the curious than the sepulchral silences that pervade at some gigs.
Johnny Mandel's Emily set the scene. Cool and relaxed in 3, the 4 on stage gave a 5 star performance and this was but the beginning. Mancini's Two For the Road didn't raise the game but it didn't lower it either.
Bouncing With Bud [Powell] would surely have met with the composers approval as Gilligan gave the venue's recently acquired electric piano a workout it won't forget in a hurry. Things Ain't What They Used To Be and Willow Weep For Me had Bradley laying down some nice guitar licks alongside the pianistics with two of the three Pauls providing the sympathy and support.
The third Paul [Gowland] joined the jam as did a Japanese student [English and Maths] on drums.
Scrapple From The Apple was the test piece and Yuya Honami graduated with Honours. The crispest brushwork this side of Chico Hamilton. As for Paul III he too was on fire with some blistering alto on Scrapple, marginally more restrained on Autumn in New York, before re-fanning the flames on Blues For Alice.
Honami, as befits a student of Maths, had no trouble handling the 3/4 time of Jim Hall's delightful Waltz New - let's hope he hangs around town for a while.
Two of the BSH ladies seized control of the mic. First up was Kath Jobes who sang Autumn Leaves with an unknown flautist who stayed on board for Ann Alex (On Green Dolphin St & Secret Love). Tivoli saw Gowland return to the fray where he truly let fly on Have You Met Miss Jones and How High the Moon/Ornithology. Needless to say, Gilligan was with him every step of the way, The satisfied smile on Grainger's face confirmed that the recipe was being cooked to perfection whilst Wight, no doubt inspired by young Yuya, ensured that this perilous Lunar Mission landed safely.
The bad news is that the specially brewed Geordie Jazz Ale is no longer, yours truly drunk the last bottle.
RIP Geordie Jazz - I knew you well.
Lance.

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