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Dayna Stephens: "I always tell them [students] there will never be anyone who will play it [EWI] as technically proficient as this cat [Michael Brecker] did." - (JazzTimes June 2019).

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Today Tuesday June 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, 59 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. Free. Trio Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - May 22


Julija Jacenaite (vocals); Alan Law (piano) 
(Review by Russell)

Julija Jacenaite thanked the audience for choosing to spend a couple of hours on the mezzanine floor in Newcastle Arts Centre rather than be out and about on a glorious late spring/early summer afternoon. Our Tyneside resident Lithuanian composer/singer/vocal tutor sang a selection of songs in, variously, English, Lithuanian and Portuguese in the company of the ever-affable pianist Alan Law. 

We've heard Julija sing All of MeMistyMood Indigo and other numbers at Jazz Cafe jam sessions and at this Wednesday afternoon engagement she sang them again and no one present raised any objection to hearing them one more time. The Beatles' All My LovingValerie (more Amy W than Zutons), a couple of original compositions, including Down the River, JJ, as always, offered her personal, often dramatic, take on each. 

A funky SummertimeThe Girl from Ipanema sung entirely in Portuguese, Law's walking left hand on I Got Rhythm, JJ and Alan clearly enjoy performing as a duo with our vocalist at ease chatting to the audience - she understands the Geordie expression alreet! - which, on this occasion, included members of the Jacenaite family. Standards, Latin numbers (meat and drink to pianist Law), a bluesy streak throughout, this Jazz Cafe Mezzanine gig is likely to encourage those present to get along to the next one (Wednesday, June 5) and the one after that...       
Russell

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