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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, November 07, 2019

Jam session @ The Dun Cow - Nov 6


Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Paul Wight (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Stax Brothers' Jeff (tenor sax); Abbie Finn (drums); Ray Burns (harmonica, vocals)
(Review by Russell)

It has been something of a lean time of it recently with the region's jam sessions experiencing a dip in audience numbers and, for long periods, sitters-in thin on the ground. The quality of the sessions hasn't been in question, rather the lack of support for what can be, and often is, the greatest free show in town. 

The latest session - the first Wednesday in the month meeting in Brandling Park - did little to buck the trend. The Dun Cow's pool table moved aside, Stu Collingwood, piano, Paul Grainger, bass and drummer Paul Wight set up in their own time as an audience slowly materialised. You and the Night and the Music for openers. Collingwood's thorough workout on This Masquerade upped matters as Harry Keeble handed out some homemade fudge which went very nicely with a pint of Jaipur IPA. Keeble swapped hospitality duties for something more familar - blowing great tenor sax. The tune? Always and Forever


A new face from the r 'n' b scene - Jeff of Stax Brothers' fame - blew with a full bodied tone on Stardust then bootin' tenor on Nat Adderley's Work Song. He didn't hang around, let's hope he puts in another appearance before long. 

When Abbie met Harry - actually, they arrived together! - the mood picked up with Abbie spelling Paul behind the traps and Harry blowing on St Thomas

A long serving supporter of the jam session scene popped in. Ray Burns skirted round the edges looking for an opening which came his way on Sweet Lorraine and again on Ain't Misbehavin' (harmonica and vocals on each one). 

One Note Samba paired Keeble with Burns and at around ten bassist and MC Paul Grainger called time. The Dun Cow's next jam session night - put it in the diary - is on Wednesday December 4.                   
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.
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