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Today Tuesday February 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Acoustic Infusion w Ray Dales - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00.

Abbie Finn Trio - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations). Hexham Jazz Club.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Bradley Johnston Quartet - September 26

Bradley Johnston (guitar); Pete Gilligan (keys); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (no relation, drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo by Roly Veitch from recent Blaydon gig.).
Many of you will have enjoyed hearing this quartet as part of the Jazz Cafe Tuesday jam sessions.  Imagine this same band, but with their performance upped by about 200 per cent, and you’ll have an idea of last night’s gig, which attracted a large audience.  A gig of standards, bop and the occasional original tune, long accomplished solos (I noticed lots of wonderfully bent notes on guitar and bass), with arresting sudden endings to some tunes, enough to make the audience sit up a bit straighter in their seats.
It was right in with Have You Met Miss Jones?, led by guitar, solos all round, and 4s on the drums, and drummers usually have to wait through quite a few tunes before they get their special moment, but not in this band.  Then came a boppy Doxy which was when I noticed all the lovely bendy notes; an original called Pat’s Waltz, then Falling Grace and a tuneful serene rendering of Ellington’s In A Sentimental Mood.  There followed two up tempo numbers for contrast, There’ll Never Be Another You and a Latin tune, Michel Petruciani’s Looking Up
The second set gave us 6 tunes and an encore demanded by the audience, starting with All The Things You Are; during In A Mellow Tone, someone remarked that the long bass solo was the best solo he’d ever heard Paul G play; I noticed some interesting quirky tones from the guitar as well.  There followed Joy Spring; the classic All Blues, with Peter at the top end of the piano, marvellous fast notes, so high up that I was wondering if he was playing some notes right off the top end that only dogs could hear!  Next came Charlie Parker’s Donna Lee, which had been included at Pete’s suggestion, ended by one of those sudden stops which I mentioned earlier.  The last number was John McKee, and the encore was a fast and furious Scrapple From The Apple.
A very enjoyable evening’s music, with quite a few tunes which were new (to me at any rate) which increases my listening repertoire nicely.
Ann Alex  

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