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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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