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Friday, August 09, 2019

Jam session @ The Dun Cow - August 7

(Review by Russell)

On Tuesday evening, for no good reason, it was the 'Old Peculier' jam session. This evening's monthly Dun Cow jam session could be called the 'Rivet Catcher' session if, for no other reason, to draw attention to the pub's new real ale loyalty card scheme - the discount card is no more, in its place is a stamper card. As the card was being stamped, the house trio opened with Lady Be Good

Basie, bossa, the trio - the ebullient Mr James Harrison, the man who has a beer named after him, Mr Paul Grainger, and the quiet man behind the traps, Mr Tom Chapman - laid down the foundations for a cracking first Wednesday in the month session in Brandling Village. Mr PG invited the first of the brass men to join the trio on a couple of numbers. Ray Johnson suggested Dizzy's Tour de Force. Our trumpeter played it his own sweet way, switching to flugelhorn for a terrific take on Oliver Nelson's masterpiece Stolen Moments. The breathing alone on this one looks difficult yet RJ expertly negotiated his way through the tune's many twists and turns. 

The soon-to-depart-these-shores Abbie Finn and Harry Keeble put in an appearance following their inestimable contribution at the first of the week's jam sessions down at the Black Swan. Recorda Me found the recent Leeds College of Music graduate Keeble picking up where he left off by blowing yet more superb tenor sax. Abbie? How about Abbie 'First Call' Finn? That'll do. 

Lerner and Loewe's On the Street Where You Live introduced pianist Harrison's mate Paul Skerritt. Our man from South Tyneside could be thought of as the singer's equivalent of trombonist David Gray - i.e. a true 'Showtime' performer. Abbie and Harry hung around to pick up some Pennies from Heaven, things were going well. 

Ben Helm was in the house - good! - and sat in, without pickup, on Blue Bossa with Poppy in the wings, flute in hand. Hey! Look who's here! José Gonçalves and daughter Inês dropped by to play and sing some real, proper bossa. Dindi (ah, this is how it should sound!) and was that Corcovado into Felicidade? José, bass, Inês, vocals, excellent. 

Paul Skerritt hung around to tell us he Don't Get Around Much Anymore with SSBB MD Michael Lamb blowing some Cat Anderson(ish) trumpet into the bargain. We were getting to the heart of tonight's session - with the house trio once more in place, Lamb shared the spotlight with guitarist Helm and the absolutely fabulous Alice Grace on a fun (Mr Harrison was in on it) I Can't Give You Anything But Love (wait for it)...Baby! Ray Johnson, flugelhorn, couldn't resist any longer, joining the assembled talent on Yes, Sir That's My Baby.                   

At Abbie Finn's request the Dun Cow merry go round parked up to allow Abbie to drive a Caravan out of Jesmond which was last seen heading east at a rate of knots with Harry Keeble blowing and blowing followed hot on his heels by a tightly-muted Michael Lamb. Terrific! To close the evening James Harrison (earlier heard entertaining the crowd with some expert accordion - multi talented is JH!) called 'Mr Bublé to the stand. Paul 'Mr Bublé' Skerritt's party piece never fails - Let the Good Times Roll did the job, then some! Mid-tune Finn gave way to Chapman (they didn't miss a beat) with Skerritt winding up to his trade mark, one-shot leap into the air. Good night!      
Russell   

James Harrison (piano, accordion); Paul Grainger (double bass); Tom Chapman (drums) + Ray Johnson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Abbie Finn (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Paul Skerritt (vocals); Ben Helm (guitar); Poppy Pagan (flute, vocals); Inês Gonçalves (vocals); José Gonçalves (double bass); Michael Lamb (trumpet); Alice Grace (vocals).

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