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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jazz Café Jam - February 17

I arrived at "The Caff"" only to find the "Press Box" and other ringside seats occupied and unfortunately found myself relegated to the "Talking Area"! So, as such, a proper review is impossible therefore I'll content myself to a few observations.
Although disappointed at not being among the action what I did hear sounded good - indeed my fellow scribe, Russell, considered this the best ever Tuesday Jam at the Pink Lane Hot House and he could well be right.
A welcome return to Newcastle by Claire Kelly whose travels read like a catalogue of the Crosby/Hope Road films and she did look a bit like Dorothy Lamour and sung even better!
Guitarists Tom Lapworth and Bradley Johnston created a first when their version of Loverman brought the room to almost complete silence - almost!
So many musicians in tonight they were queing round the block to blow (or maybe it was for a smoke!)
If you think our policemen are getting younger - they're old men compared to the current crop of jazz musicians sprouting up!
A superb evening.
Next Jam is on March 3 but don't miss Tom Green Sextet next week.
Lance.
Photo: Paul Edis, Paul Grainger, Rob Bates.

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