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Thursday 6: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Stuart MacCallum @ The Jazz Cafe January 22

The last time Stuart MacCallum graced this room was 18 months ago as a duet with fellow guitarist Mike Walker. On Friday night MacCallum played in an even smaller unit giving a thoroughly entertaining solo performance on guitar and electronics. The style he plays in is not classical jazz guitar even though there is plenty of improvisation going on. The music is a folksy cinematic kind of an affair. Numbers build up with wave upon wave of layers creating ambient, hypnotic, dreamy, haunting soundscapes. Original compositions such as Vital Space, inspired by an estate agent and Ewe Field, a song about a vegetarian guest house in The Lake District where coincidentally both Stuart and his parents went to for their honeymoons (although not at the same I imagine), were interspersed with classic favourites Alfie, When I fall in Love and that well known jazz standard Amazing Grace. Not an evening for the jazz purists but an entertaining one nevertheless.
Steve H

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