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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Alter Ego @ Ashington Jazz Club Jan. 7

Keith Robinson (alt);  Niall Armstrong (ten/fl);  Dave Hignett (tpt/flg);  Andrew Hawking (keys); Tony Abell (bs); Dave Francis (dms).
The attraction for me as a Jazz fan for almost 65 years is not only the music but also the manner in which it has evolved and developed over time and the creativity of the musicians who have pursued their ideas in changing the direction of the music. Each trend and style has appealed to many  who have adopted each innovation to their particular taste, whether this  be classic, swing, bebop, trad. modern or whatever label is put on it. This has been good for the music and given variety to the followers. The colourful and often crazy life styles of the musicians has also been of great interest.
With this in mind, we at the AJC have attempted over the years to provide variety on our stage for the members by introducing them to the variable forms.
Therefore, to open our New Year season the Alter Ego Sextet returned to our town to replicate the music of West Coast Jazz which was recreated with some style. The combo was a well oiled unit and gave an energetic and dynamic show of great arrangements interspersed with some disciplined  interplay and instrumental harmonies cleverly constructed. Art Blakey's Messengers would have been amazed by the skills and techniques of these admirable North East tribute guys. They gave us an evening to remember and a flavour of one of the acceptable diversions of the History of Jazz. A great little BIG Band.
PROGRAMME....Roll Call, In Walked Horace, Beatitudes, The Perpetrator, Grants Tune, Blues March, Wheel within a Wheel, Hit and Run, Coastal Breeze, Budini, Undertone, Karita, Mustard Mash, Sudden Samba,  A Bittadose.
NEXT MEETING AT THE AJC AT THE ELEPHANT ON FEBRUARY 4. AT 8.00 p.m.
                                           THE PAUL SKERRITT BAND.
See you there.
Peter S,

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