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13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Joe Webb Trio: Playback Art Tatum Trio 1944. Live stream from Kansas Smitty's - Nov. 26

Joe Webb (piano); Will Sach (bass); Dave Archer (guitar).

Playing Art Tatum? - no pressure then! The pressure's always there even if you're a hardened practitioner. Suffice to say these guys are used to pressure but still, Art Tatum of whom Fats Waller is reputed to have said upon Tatum's entrance into a club: "Ladies and gentlemen, God is in the house"...  

In the future, like tomorrow, someone may be saying the same about Joe Webb. Tonight, Joe really nailed it. Close your eyes and God is sitting next to you!

Taken, in the main, from Tatum's 1944 trio album we were treated to impeccable renditions of 16 gassers. With Archer slotting into the Tiny Grimes role and Sach subbing for Slam Stewart on bass - bowing but holding back on the humming - this was as good as it gets maybe even better!

In chronological order we heard: I Got Rhythm; Cocktails For Two; I Ain't Got Nobody; After You've Gone; Deep Purple; I Would do Anything For You; Moonglow; Tea For Two; Liza; Honeysuckle Rose; Crazy Rhythm (piano solo); I Know That You Know; If I Had You; Soft Winds; On the Sunny Side of the Street; Flying Home.

I think I might just listen again - and again!

Lance

PS: A whole lot more playbacks coming up at Smitty's - I think the next one's 'erbie 'ancock ("when in Rome gorblimey...")

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