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Today Saturday June 15

Afternoon

Jazz

Tyne Valley Big Band - Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Tynedale Rugby Club, Station Road, Corbridge NE45 5AY. 2:30pm. £12.00. Festival open noon ‘til 11:00pm.

Evening

No Fox Given - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 7:00pm. £7.00. (£6.00. adv.). Newcastle University tenor saxophonist Sam Fox's quartet plus guests.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Teresa Watson Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Lickety Split @ The Globe. The Jazz Coop Christmas Party, December 17

Eddie Bellis (trombone, introductions); Kevin Eland (trumpet, flugelhorn); Paul Gowland (tenor sax); Alan Marshall (alto sax); Jeremy McMurray (keys); Bradley Johnston (guitar); John Pope (bass); Sid Wight (drums).
(Review by Ann Alex) 
And here was I thinking that Lickety Split was an ice lolly! It was the first time I’d seen this band and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. They gave an excellent performance, a lively, skilled front line with the precision of a big band, and the engine room behind giving their all. Not just the main tune then solos all round, but much more interesting arrangements with instruments chipping in variously. What tunes did they play? My notes are lacking in this department as I was selling raffle tickets and counting money as well, so I asked the band for a set list. This is jazz folks, so guess what, the list didn’t quite tally with what I heard, but the show was too good to be worrying about such trivialities.
Christmas numbers were included, (not mentioned on the list); we had O Christmas Tree (I know this as The Red Flag, but I refrained from singing it); Silent Night was well improvised and quite loud; The ever popular White Christmas;  and the evening was well rounded off with Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, with the horns in wonderful harmony. In between came Wayne Shorter’s One By One; Mambo Influenciado ; Soul Leo; New Religion; a very spirited Straight No Chaser ( Paul gave a superb solo on sax, a rather slidey run through of the chords, then what sounded like the same chords but much, much faster); then Sister Sadie, with every instrument chipping in.

Other tunes which I believe were played included Stolen Moments; Doxy; Nica’s Dream; Four; Lift Off; Sandu; Dolphin Dance; I Remember Clifford. I’m not able to say more about the performance as I was involved in other duties, so I must see this band again. I’m not sure how I’ve missed them so far. Eddie told us that the band had been together for many years and this was their 10th birthday.  
This was, of course, the Globe Christmas party, with lots of food and 12 Cds for the raffle prizes. The Cds had been kindly donated by Dave Weisser, with the raffle money going to the Globe funds. The party began at 6pm with the Globe Jam house bands conducting proceedings and the downstairs bar was full. The bands did a great job of getting us in the groove ready for  Lickety Split. They were:-
Stu Finden (tenor sax) Fiona Finden (soprano sax) Dave Weisser (cornet); Jude Murphy ( flute, sax); Keith Barrett (guitar). Sorry, I can’t remember the full names of the 2 drummers or the bass player. I do remember that a good time was had by all. The metro called me home before the end of the evening, so it could still be going on for all I know.
Ann Alex

1 comment :

Kev said...

I don't know what Ann was listening to but silent night is a gentle Bossa but then the drums were loud all the way through.

Kev Eland

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