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Marc Myers: " If the original group with Baker was Dover sole, the group with Brookmeyer was beef stew." - (JazzWax, December 7, 2019).

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Today Tuesday December 10

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Tyne Valley Big Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Blue Jazz Sextet: Saturday May 16

George Anyfantis (piano); Karen Rann (sop sax); Jeff Smith (ten sax); Keith Barrett (guitar); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums)+ Helen Neilson and Barry Keatings
(Review by Ann Alex).
This was the first outing for the expanded Blue Jazz Quintet who are now a sextet with the addition of Keith on guitar, and also a new pianist, George, who both did a good job as newbies. Straight in with A Foggy Day In London Town, even though it was a fine Spring evening in Newcastle with a large audience in the Globe Jazz Bar – large audiences at this venue are becoming the norm these days. Moanin’ sounded good, lots of solos and Karen moving rhythmically to the sound and a final flourish from the saxes.  Rumour has it (or I’ve invented it) that instead of guest vocalists next time, Karen will be guesting as a dancer. But, seriously, it’s lovely to see musicians so enthusiastic about playing.
 A Latin number was followed by All Blues, a tricky tune if ever there was one, with noticeably effective solos from both of the newbies, including big chunky bluesy chords from the piano.  After My Funny Valentine, up stepped Barry, with Misty, an intriguing slow start and the rest of the band entering later, a good arrangement.  Next came Four, fast-moving philosophical words set to a Miles Davis tune and, naturally, 4’s from the band, and then God Bless The Child.  Well sung, Barry.
Tenor Madness, Well You Needn’t, Angel Eyes (Dave on bass proclaimed that this one was named after Karen!) all proceeded well, as did Smile (written by Charlie Chaplin, did you know?) with a slow chorus then a quick change to upbeat, then even faster.  We’re in the 2nd set by now and after a boppish tune, up steps Helen with Black Orpheus, Take The A Train and Song For My Father.  Helen sings Bossa numbers well, very relaxing to listen to, and with some effective improvisation with good illustrations from the band, drums clinking the Latin rhythms and bass and piano giving us trainish sounds on A Train.
I’m glad to say the Metro didn’t call me home before the end of the show, so I heard the final numbers, which were a slinky Footprints and Work Song, the latter rounded off with jungle-type drums and the soprano sax.  A very enjoyable evening.
Ann Alex

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