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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

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

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

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

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Jazz Café Jam Session - Dec. 15

Pete Gilligan (pno); Mike Clarke (bs gtr). Paul Wight (dms); Bradley Johnston (gtr) + Gary Brown (bs gtr); Stu Finden (ten); Matt MacKellar (dms); Paul Gowland (alt); John Pope (bs); George Anyfantis (pno);Rob Bates (dms); Lindsay Hannon, Jen Errington (vcl).
(Review by Lance).
Mike Clarke on bass guitar tonight who, along with Messrs Gilligan and Wight, opened with the very appropriate A Foggy Day. At first it seemed as though the misty conditions outside were going to keep the punters indoors - as if! By the time Alice in Wonderland unfolded (with a very melodic bass solo from Clarke) the Mad Hatters and March Hares were propping up the bar and occupying the seating area. So What? Dear Old Stockholm and Blue Monk followed before the first of the many switcheroo's common to jam sessions.
Guitarist Bradley Johnston, tenorman Stu Finden and and bass guitarist Gary Brown joined Gilligan and Wight for Blue Bossa and The Chicken. Brown, making his Jazz Café debut, proved to be au fait with the Pastorius classic and soloed well.
The southpaw kit was rearranged for young Matt MacKellar to take over, Paul Gowland joined Stu in the front line and a spirited Bye Bye Blackbird followed by (I think) Solar . Next up John Pope and Rob Bates for Tangerine, Gowland leading the field with great solos all round although the seemingly obligatory 4's didn't quite gel - no clockwork orange this tangerine but that's jam sessions for you and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Gowland gave us a version of Polka Dots and Moonbeams that surely left any aspiring sax players star-struck, before George Anyfantis took over on piano for All of Me and the Black Orpheus thing.
Up to now there had been no vocals although the Indigo Jazz Voices were assembled at the back of the room. 
Hello Lindsay Hannon!
I Only Have Eyes For You she sang swingingly and then the miracle!
You've Changed (The sparkle in your eyes has gone/Your smile is just a careless yawn/Your breaking my heart/You've changed). The room went quiet, the carousers momentarily ceased carousing! As I said, a miracle!
It took guts and no shortage of courage to follow that but Indigo Jen Errington proved up to the task with a splendid East of the Sun. It was at this point that I had to head east myself. It had been yet another fine jam session - the last jam at the Jazz Café this year.
Photos.
Lance.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

And after Lance left, Jen rounded the evening off well with 'When Sunny Gets Blue'.
Ann Alex

Russell said...

How good was Jen, eh? Great, and she followed Lindsay!

Jen said...

Thanks so much for your comments. It's good getting positive feedback and gives me the confidence needed to may be get up at the Caff again sometime!
Jen