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Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Virtuoso Jazz Trio @ Ashington Jazz Club. Nov. 5

George MacDonald (clt); James Birkett (gtr); Tony Abell (bs).
(Review by Peter S.)
Last month AJC experienced the power and excitement of the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. This month we returned to an appreciation of small group Jazz. The Virtuoso Trio visited to give our audience a musical masterclass. Led by George MacDonald on clarinet with outstanding support from James Birkett and Tony Abell  we experienced  the joyful compositions of George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, George Shearing, Jobim, Gilberto, Fats Waller and more. 
The musical cocktail was a delight and I’m convinced that B.G. and Charlie Christian would have been proud of this performance. This collaboration was also very reminiscent of the 1952 partnership of Stan Getz and Johnny Smith recordings in my personal library. The audience listened and applauded in admiration at the instrumental skills of our guests. There were occasions when you could have heard a pin drop and it was obvious that we were all having a wonderful evening with octogenarian George, Jim and Tony. The joy of working with each other as the exchanges between them were so obvious. Mr. MacDonald’s introductions were also interesting with humour. Long may they continue giving audiences the flavours of this Jazz genre .
Programme:- But Not For Me, Somebody Loves Me, Lady be Good, In a Mellow Tone, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, It Don’t Mean a Thing, One Note Samba, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Margie, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Stomping at the Savoy, Airmail Special , Flying Home, Skylark, After You’ve Gone, Lullaby of Birdland, The Girl From Ipanema.
Peter S.
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