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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Jam Session @ The Jazz Café - July 7.

Alan Law (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Paul Wight (dms); Bradley Johnston (gtr) + Paul Gowland (alt); Stu Finden (ten); Fiona Finden (sop/vcl); Dave Parker (bs); Tom Lapworth (gtr); Francesco Falconi (pno); Eric Stutt, Matt MacKellar, Rob Bates (dms); Joe Fowler (tmb/vcl); Minnie Fraser (vcl) etc.
(Review by Lance).
There is no Greater Love - if Alan Law never plays a better solo than this his living will have not been in vain - and this was but the opening number! The Lawman was on fire tonight - Cuban Fire I suspect!
Bradley Johnston, inspired by his visit to Le Festival Django Reinhardt de Samois (tee shirt to prove it), lit a few beacons himself. Unsurprisingly, Nuages being one of them!
Paul Gowland took centre stage for Confirmation - crisp brushwork from Wight - and Autumn in New York.
A contingent from the Jazz Coop dropped by and soon Dave Parker was on bass, a change of pianist (no name given - George, see comment,) and Minnie on mic. Song for my Father was the chosen opus but, sadly, the mic volume was too low too enable Min to be heard above the band and the conversation from the bottom end of the bar.
The Findens took over with Eric Stutt on drums and Fiona, unfortunately, also fought a losing battle with the sound system.
And so the night rolled on Falconi, Lapworth and an endless stream of drummers came and went. Joe Fowler finally conquered the mic with a blues blasting belter on Ramsey Lewis's The In Crowd. Both singing and sliding, the Bossman was on form.
Dawn Furness and Ian Forbes were standing in the wings but it was time for me to be one of the 'Out Crowd' so I missed the finale to another jolly jam at the JayCee.
Lance
PS: More photos.

1 comment :

Minnie said...

The nameless pianist is George Any who now plays with the Blue Jazz Sextet.

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