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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Jazz Café Jam - November 15

Pete Gilligan (keys); Deon Krishnan (bass gtr.); Russ Morgan (drums) + Mike Waller (keys); Ines Gonçalves (vocal); Fabio Sousa (trombone); Thomas Dixon (tenor); Stu Findon (tenor); Alfonso Jordan (alto) and others...
(Review by Lance).
The room was chockablock with musicians and enthusiasts. It looked to be going to be another good evening as the trio took off with Have You Met Miss Jones? No? Well, you have now and, even though she's 80 years old, remains as responsive as ever, particularly in the hands of  the Gilligan Trio which, this week, had the ever impressive  bass guitarist Krishnan at its core.
Jim Hall's Waltz New, which everyone thinks is Someday my Prince Will Come, switched from 3/4 to 4/4 without any obvious join and it swung. My Funny Valentine had Krishnan playing the melody. Rich-toned and as sonorous as a double bass.
First guest and a surprise one at that! Mike Waller has been a well-known and much-respected pianist and educator on Tyneside for many years although not so often on the jazz scene.
With just Morgan for support, he rattled off Georgia on my Mind followed by some rollicking boogie-woogie and finishing with Take Five. Krishnan returned to the stage for this one and managed to squeeze in a couple of choruses of God Rest Ye  Merry Gentlemen thus adding a seasonal touch even though we're still only halfway through November. They (the trio) brought the house down!
Mike Waller can be heard solo late afternoon/early evening on Fridays and Sundays at the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth.
Ines Gonçalves (vocal); Fabio Sousa (trombone); Thomas Dixon (tenor) plus a keyboardist, bass guitarist, guitarist and drummer took to the stage for Feeling Good and Cry me a River. Good vocals and good solos all round.  Stu Findon\ joined Dixon, Sousa and the rhythm section for All Blues.
Another nightingale took over the mic. for My Baby Just Cares For me with Gilligan taking off the famous Nina Simone solo to perfection. The Man That Got Away came next and I must apologise to the lady for not getting her name but, like the man, she got away. Likewise the students in the band.
Bebop time with the Gilligan Trio, plus Findon and Alfonso Jordan, flattening fifths like nobody's business on Billie's Bounce, Night in Tunisia, Killer Joe and Yardbird Suite.
This jam session just gets better and better which can't be bad. However, the fortnightly Cuban style jam, Descargao! has now, I'm told, been cancelled.
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your more than generous comments, Lance. It was a super night and I had lots of fun. I was out of my comfort zone, but Mary made my friend Ian and I feel so welcome. Deon is stunningly good and I'd love to jam with him more often. Thanks again, long lost pal! Mike Waller

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