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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Jazz Social @ Charts - June 16


Stu Collingwood (piano, vocals); Paul Grainger (double bass); Paul Smith (drums)
(Review by Russell)

Father's Day, an occasion for daddies the world over to be treated by their appreciative children. Charts on Newcastle Quayside would surely prove the ideal riverfront location - a meal, a pint, waited on hand and foot. The event coincided with the pub's weekly Jazz Social, the place would be busy.

Stu Collingwood sat at the venue's recently acquired Steck piano working in the company of the Pauls - P Grainger, bass and P Smith, drums. A couple from Gershwin - Our Love is Here to Stay (Collingwood singing) and Nice Work if You Can Get It - either side of Mean to Me and Jobim's Wave, choice GASbook material. 


Sunday's Jazz Social is a game of three halves, a leisurely afternoon affair. A natter with bass man Paul Grainger and in a trice the second set was upon us. It's Only a Paper Moon sang our piano man with a concise round of fours featuring the other Paul, drummer Paul Smith. Duke Ellington sprinkled stardust over the Steck on Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me and in no time it was time to set off to a much-anticipated gig at the Black Bull in Blaydon but not before hearing Stu Collingwood's vocal take on the much loved Tormé/Bennett standard Give Me the Simple Life. 
Russell

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