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Billy Cobham: "Miles said to us, 'Don't play in between takes,' so of course John [McLaughlin] played in between takes." - (JazzTimes, Nov. 2019).

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Today Friday November 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Sue Ferris Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00. Pub adjacent to Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Mick Shoulder Quintet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Tenement Jazz Band - Theatre Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 405405. 8:00pm. £14.00. Darlington NOJB.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Ishmael Ensemble - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE2 1AP. 8:00pm. £7.47.

Catfish Keith - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 8:30pm. £18.00. + £1.80. bf.

The Odels - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, May 09, 2019

James Harrison & Paul Skerritt @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - May 8


James Harrison (piano); Paul Skerritt (vocals)

What to do on a wet Wednesday afternoon? Watch the telly? Go to the pub? How about an entertaining couple of hours listening to two of our finest entertainers? They play every kind of gig - jazz club (Huddersfield this evening), festival, function engagement, corporate booking - and the one constant is supreme professionalism, that's James Harrison and Paul Skerritt. 


Energy, enthusiasm, they can get you so far but, most of all, the key ingredient is talent and Messrs Harrison and Skerritt have got it in abundance. For all the fun and frivolity - the opening couple of numbers were about connecting with the Mezzanine audience - there is an underlying musiciality when the duo get get down to it, no more so than Skerritt's beautiful reading of Gregory Porter's Take Me to the Alley

L-O-V-E à la Nat Cole with the first verse sung in Italian, Pennies from Heaven, Meghan Trainor's All About that Bass, familiar material but none the worse for it. The duo called for requests - Dan B suggested It Had to be You, Skerritt liked the idea saying it was the song to his first dance at his wedding reception. The Gentleman is a Tramp (Skerritt decided the Lady deserved a break!) took us up to the interval.

Newcastle Arts Centre's recently opened Mezzanine floor appeared to be doing as much business on teas and coffees as alcohol beverages. Who wants to drink alcohol on a midweek afternoon? Don't answer that!

Strike Up the Band refocused the attention, My Funny Valentine presented Skerritt with more heavyweight material to work on but it wasn't long before the man himself called Sway. Our vocalist's partner in crime James Harrison is one impressive piano player. Stupendous playing, the left hand working overtime, tune after quote-laden tune, the Teessider is up there with the best of them. Earlier Skerritt sang about a Paper Moon and to close this wet Wednesday afternoon engagement the Harrison-Skerritt duo wanted to play among the stars, altogether now...Fly Me to the Moon        
Russell

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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