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Danny Gatton: "I was tired of playing in beer joints. I wanted to do something tangible like building cars. But once you do music it gets into your blood. You can get away from it for awhile but sooner or later it comes back to you." - (Down Beat April 1991).

Tal Farlow: "There were times when I would stop [playing guitar] and do sign painting." - (Downbeat December 5, 1963)

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Today Wednesday August 23

Afternoon
Vieux Carre Jazzmen - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
New Orleans Jazz at the Village Hall - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Rd., Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.
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Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. £1. 8pm.
Billy's Acoustic Blues - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free (weekly).
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bradley Johnston Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel - April 19

Bradley Johnston (gtr); Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Tim Johnston (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
The penultimate gig in the long-running Splinter Sunday night sessions at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle was tinged with the sad knowledge that, after next week, they will be no more. 
Tirelessly organised by Andy Champion and Zoe Gilby the concerts showcased a countless number of bands and musicians from across the region and further afield - sometimes in conjunction with JNE.
Thank you both for some memorable evenings.
Tonight saw the Splinter début  of young guitarist Bradley Johnston alongside some equally talented older hands in a sedate set of standards, Bradley originals and Pat Metheny tunes.
Jazz chamber music played to perfection by all four to a background of respectful silence.
The second set opened with Bradley moving from semi-acoustic Ibanez to electro-acoustic (was it Takamine?) to play a gorgeous solo version of the Beatles' And I Love Her. This could arguably be said to be the best ever Beatles' tune and, in the young guitarist's hands, it certainly sounded just that.
One became two as Paul Grainger returned for a Metheny tune - I didn't catch the title - that had a distinctly pastoral feel to it.
Two became three with Tim Johnston (no relation) behind the kit for a swingy All the Things You Are.
Finally, all four were reunited for a Bradley original - A Fast Waltz - then How Insensitive and My Favourite Things brought things to a close.
Not a gig to blow your mind, rather one to relax and reflect upon and to simply enjoy such masterful playing by all four.
The final gig next Sunday is a JNE concert by YANA - not the late actress/singer nor an administrative capital in Bauchi State, Nigeria, but a trio with Corey Mwamba on vibes, Dave Kane on bass and Josh Blackmore on drums.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Bradley Johnston (on F/b)Monday, April 20, 2015 11:53:00 am

    Thanks Lance. Yeah, the duet tune with Paul was 'Is This America?' Looking forward to seeing the photos

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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