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Today Tuesday June 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Paul Skerritt Band @ The Jazz Café - April 17.


Paul Skerritt (vcl); James Harrison (pno); Anth Ord (bs gtr); Tom Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
A Skerritt gig is never 'ordinary' - it's a 'happening'! To be more precise it's an occasion when anything can happen and invariably does - as our photo shows!
Entertainment is the name of the game with these guys and they provide it without loss of musical integrity (whatever that is!)
Put simply, they enjoy what they're doing and that enjoyment, being infectious, rubs off on the audience who willingly go along for the riotous ride.
The material may not always be the standard GASbook fare but, whatever it may go in as, it usually comes out swinging.
With Skerritt's vocals, Harrison's musical shenanigans and the engine room being stoked by Chapman and Ord, how could it not?
Come Fly With Me got us airborne followed by L-O-V-E and a feature for Anth Ord on All About That Bass - shame we couldn't have had Meghan Trainor along as part of the package but Anth did good.
Michael Jackson provided The Way You Make me Feel and Harrison kicked seven shades out of this one as indeed he did on everything except sometimes he kicked more than seven.
Stepping Out With my Baby; an up-tempo Witchcraft; Don't Get Around Much Anymore; I'm Beginning to See the Light and Titanium - a new one to me - rounded off a superb first set.
Grainger Bitter - was it named after the area or The Caff's incumbent bass player I wonder? - went down well, it has great healing properties.
I Wanna be Like You brought King of the Swingers Tom Chapman into the spotlight; Daft Punk's Get Lucky brought a dancing couple who, in their spare time, probably give dancing lessons to Dervishes.
The trio did a solo spot on a Ramsey Lewis type number before Paul gave us his now familiar reworking of The Gentleman/Lady is a Tramp. It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing saw James providing the do-wa-do-wa bits. 
American Girl (Boy); Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Let The Good Times Roll and Sway brought a fun packed evening to a close.
Quite a night!
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

Lance said...

I forgot to mention the surreal moment when James was playing the house upright with one hand and the keyboard with the other!

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