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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Swing Bridge @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - April 28

Dan Martin (piano); Dave Parker (bass); Peter Ninnim (drums).
(Review by Lance).
What’s in a name? Last week, at The Globe, we had a band called Tedulca – a name which did nothing to attract as it gave no indication what they were about. As it turned out, they were brilliant but only those who were curious enough found out.
Last night’s band, Swing Bridge was more obviously named - music that swung combined with local colour by appropriating the name of one of the crossings of the River Tyne. The fact that that bridge only swings open 3 or 4 times a week could also have acted as a deterrent.  Fortunately, I’m pleased to say, this trio swings out more frequently.
Dan Martin was a new name to me and I was curious to find out more. I’d erroneously assumed he’d moved to Newcastle from out of the area but, when questioned, he informed me that he’d come from Gateshead, presumably via the Redheugh or Tyne Bridge (traitor), where he’s a Minister at the Tyneside Church Centre. He’s also a fluent pianist - some choice chords from Peterson, Shearing and co and nice angular solos without being too flamboyant.
Together with Dave Parker on bass, who worked hard, impressing on the Pink Panther Theme, and Peter Ninnim who drove things along in his inimitable fashion, soloing at length on Norwegian Wood complete with fluorescent sticks! made for an enjoyable evening.
It wasn’t a wild night, rather a tasteful evening of what could be described as ‘chamber jazz’.
Martin’s arrangements were good and often imaginative. It’s probably still a work in progress but one to keep an eye on.
Lance.

First set: Now’s the Time; Cheek to Cheek; Wave/Besame Mucho; Scrapple From the Apple; Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You?; Someday my Prince Will Come; I’ve Got You Under my Skin; A Foggy Day.

Second set: Swing Bridge Blues; Girl Talk; Triste; My Favourite Things/Cry me a River; Pink Panther Theme; Norwegian Wood; I Wish I Knew How it Felt to be Free; There Will Never be Another You; I Wanna be Like You.

Don't forget that Monday, April 30 is International Jazz Day. Celebrate it at The Globe from 5:30pm. It's free with lots of bands and musicians playing. It's also the Jazz Co-op's fourth anniversary so come along and party!

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