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Today Tuesday February 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jam session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

A Roaring 20s Social - Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. 7:30pm. £12.00.,£10.00. Music student, £8.00. DUJS member. A Durham University Jazz Society event. Open to all.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle - Jan 14

(Review by Russell)

Weather warnings were issued, flood defence measures were in place down on the Tyne and there was a match on at St James' Park. The likelihood was the first jam session of the year would be down on numbers - both participants and listeners. Well, perhaps the determination of all was somewhat underestimated. As the house trio opened with Dear Old Stockholm the Black Swan was filling up nicely and by the end of the night there would be the glorious sight and sound of a ten-strong ensemble blowing on a Bobby Timmons' favourite.  

Messrs Law, Grainger and Walker were in fine form. Pianist Alan Law just couldn't help swinging it...just what Dr Jazz ordered! A rare jam session appearance by Faye MacCalman (tenor sax), an equally rare sighting of vocalist Miriam McCormick and a debut performance by Sheila Herrick spiced-up what was already shaping up to be quite a night.

 
McCormick, an Indigo Jazz Voice, found herself working with some of the scene's big hitters. Singing It's Almost Like Being in Love and You Don't Know What Love Is, our vocalist shared the stand with Steve Summers (tenor sax) and Lawrence Harrison (guitar) with fine support from Alan Law. Herrick took courage by the scruff of the neck and, with MacCalman on tenor, did herself proud singing Ain't Misbehavin' and, with maestro Alan Law at the piano, a bluesy Fine and Mellow

A jam session favourite was in the house. Up from Teeside, sporting a natty hat, Jan Spencelayh sang a corking Cheek to Cheek with Jordan Alfonso blowing alto and the 'other' Harrison, Lawrence's guitar playing brother Charles, showing what he could do (a case of 'anything you can do...'!) 'Natty Hat' Spencelayh followed up with My Funny Valentine accompanied by Steve Summer's exquisite soprano sax and tightly muted phrasing from Black Swan newcomer Edgar Bell, trumpet. 

Three further names must be mentioned. In doing so, note there is an Early Bird session at the Lit and Phil on Saturday morning at 11:00am. Two graduates of Paul Edis' hothouse band were in town. Matt MacKellar sat-in and, as we have come to expect, the Berklee undergraduate demonstrated he has few equals here on Tyneside. Musing...wouldn't it be great to check out the Boston, Massachusetts jazz scene?! And the other former Early Bird, up from York, blowing alto sax...Faye Thompson. FT called Bye Bye Blackbird. Solo of the night, no question. FT must have been in the woodshed, fantastic stuff! It just so happened Steve Summers was on the number. Later the two saxophonists were observed talking, likely as not, all things saxophone. 

And finally, better late than never...it's Showtime! David Gray joined the fray, making it a tentet (there may have been more!) blast on Moanin'. MC Paul Grainger herded the jazz cats with aplomb, all the while anchoring the session on bass. If a bass player would like to come along to the next Black Swan jam session (Tuesday 28 Jan) Mr PG would be delighted to see you. As they say, PG could 'take five' and go to the bar.             
Russell

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Faye MacCalman (tenor sax); Edgar Bell (trumpet); Charles Harrison (guitar); Miriam McCormick (vocals): Faye Thompson (alto sax); Lawrence Harrison (guitar); Steve Summers (tenor sax, soprano sax); Sheila Herrick (vocals); Matt MacKellar (drums); Jan Spencelayh (vocals); Jordan Alfonso (alto sax); David Gray (trombone)

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