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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Jam Session @ The Dun Cow, Jesmond - Dec. 12

Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Matthew Fairhurst (drums); John Rowlands (tenor sax); Ray Burns (accordion); David Olatunji (trumpet); Jordan Alfonso (alto).
(Review by Lance).
A relatively low key evening with audience numbers low and sitters-in sitting out - apart from the select few.

A comfortable start by the exquisite trio of Williams, Champion and Morgan. It Could Happen to You; Jobim's If You Never Come to me and a belting The Song is You. Mark Williams must have been transmitting some sonic signals during his dextrous dash through the changes of this latter tune as, during the course of a F#m7(b5) inversion, some Christmas decorations descended from above and had a member of the audience down for an 8 count. As the earlier song said - It could happen to you!
Matthew Fairhurst is fast gaining a reputation as a steady and tasteful drummer which he displayed on Solar and, when the inscrutable John Rowland joined the party, more aggressively on Cottontail and Four. JR blew some booting tenor that kept things swinging along nicely. 

After that ever-present lady, Miss Jones (Rodgers & Hart) was introduced, a face new to the jam circuit appeared. Trumpet player David Olatunji made a hesitant debut on Beautiful Love but became more confident on All of Me during the course of which the ubiquitous Ray Burns unwrapped his accordion.

After an intermission, it was all hands to the pump with Jordan Alfonso blowing alto, JR on tenor, Burnsy and Olatunji all wailing on Caravan followed by Doxy and the jammers' national anthem - Take the A Train or, in my case, the metro after an evening that turned out to be not low key at all.
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