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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Wednesday June 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Alexys de Alfaro & Julija Jacenaite - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Jam session @ The Dun Cow - Nov 28

(Review by Russell)

Not one but two singing pianists, two guitarists, two bass players (yes, for once Mr PG got the opportunity to go to the bar!), four drummers (two of them Archies), a tenor player, a chromatic harmonica player and a partridge...oops, wrong story, and a chart-topping soul singer - just yer average jam session down at the Dun Cow.

The house trio got things underway with Paul Edis singing I'm Old Fashioned. Don't know about that, but Dr Edis is one hell of an old school (ie great) piano player. Time After TimeAll the Things You Are - the latter featuring Edis' stupendous piano playing - two-handed stuff, Bach-like things going on etc. Quite some start.
Occasional Dun Cow visitor Simon Probyn dropped by early and soon got the nod from MC Paul Grainger. Our tenor man overcame a few early squeaks and squawks due to a misbehaving dry reed to play a satisfying Days of Wine and Roses. Probyn stayed on to play Jerome Kern's Yesterdays accompanied by the ace house trio (Edis, bassist Grainger and drummer Rob Walker).

Blaydon Jazz Club's Roly Veitch, back to gigging on a more regular basis, returned to the Brandling Village jam session to sit in with the trio. Our guitarist called That Old Feeling, or so your correspondent thought. Beautifully played, one wouldn't expect anything else from a GASbook devotee, it was later in the evening that RV enlightened your correspondent...the tune in question was Soon, written by the Gershwins. Alone Together (one of the great titles!) followed, the quartet joined by the returning Probyn to make it a quintet.

From time to time Andrea Harrison gets along to the Dun Cow to sing a couple of soulful numbers alongside guitar-playing sculptor Lisa Delarny. They like to work with Rob Walker, and after a powerful rendition of Nature Boy, RW switched to bass guitar as Archie Brown - yes, Young Buck Archie Brown! - got behind the traps as Harrison belted out What a Difference a Day Makes

One fine pianist - Dr Edis - went to the bar as another fine pianist, Edinburgh-based Martin Waugh, gave him a spell. Nice and Easy did it alright, top stuff. Better still, Waugh, this time supported by another drumming Archie (Newcastle University's Archie Williamson making good use of brushes), sang a marvellous version of You Go to My Head. Jam sessions can be a hit and miss affair, this evening's hit the bull's eye. 

Newcastle University student, guitarist James Cuxson, joined the party, as did jam session debutant Patrick, on drums, to play Ladybird with tenor man Probyn adding his two-penneth. Cuxson and Veitch complimented one another on Out of Nowhere as circling harmonica man Ray Burns jumped in. Tenderly took us up to the bell and as the ailing Paul Grainger blew his nose, Edis' spontaneous call for C Jam Blues ensured a rousing finale.               
Russell

Paul Edis (piano, vocals); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums, bass guitar) + Simon Probyn (tenor saxophone); Roly Veitch (guitar); Andrea Harrison (vocals); Lisa Delarny (guitar); Archie Brown (drums); Martin Waugh (piano, vocals); Archie Williamson (drums); James Cuxson (guitar); Patrick ? (drums); Ray Burns (harmonica) 

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