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Today Wednesday January 29

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nik Svarc Trio @ The Jazz Café. June 26

Nik Svarc (guitar), Scott Devine (electric bass) & Dave Walsh (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Guitarist Nik Svarc played a trio gig at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival. On that occasion he worked with young guns Martin Longhawn and Steve Hanley. This Jazz Café gig featured groove meisters Scott Devine (bass) and Dave Walsh (drums). A select gathering – including two first year music students – took their seats in time for a prompt nine o’clock start.
At a glance Svarc could pass for a young Larry Coryell. The seated Scott Devine looked uncannily like Scott Devine and there was no mistaking the big presence known as Dave Walsh. Bemsha Swing opened the set; ‘groove’, ‘in the pocket’, ‘on it’, such terms were made for this band. A tousled mop-top veiled Svarc’s face; head down, ‘time’ and ‘feel’ elusive qualities for many, not for Svarc as he paused, listened, notes selected with care. Devine and Walsh exchanged a smile, they were ‘in the groove’.
Svarc utilised a deluxe pedal board, the various FX deployed sparingly. Devine’s sound recalled Teen Town Jaco. A Wayne Shorter number developed into an extended Scofield jam. The north east’s guitarists should have been there – they weren’t, save for our first year guitar student. Svarc let his guitar do the talking, at one point introducing a tune as ‘something else’. And it was! Bass and drums bounced around a few solos, always on it. The ‘caff’ welcomed some latecomers, they were mucho impressed with what they were hearing. Did they know about Nik Svarc? They do now!     
2 extra photos from Mike Tilley.      
Russell.           

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