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Bar Manager Required

The Jazz Co-op are looking for an experienced bar manager who can be available to start when The Globe reopens in May.

Preference will be given to a suitably qualified person who lives relatively near to The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD.

Interested parties please follow this link.

Coming soon ...

April 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at The Holystone.

May 20 Maine Street Jazzmen are back at Sunniside Social Club.
May 23: Vieux Carré Hot Four are back at The Spanish City.

June 2: Vieux Carré Jazzmen are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.
June 7: Jazz in the Afternoon are back at Cullercoats Crescent Club.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Live at Jack's Place #10 - April 7

(Screenshot by Lance)
Jack Cotterill (drums); Jamie Brownfield (trumpet); Fraser Urquhart (keys); Ed Harrison (bass); Georgia Cécile (vocals).

Okay, let's get the negatives out of the way first. The sound balance was poor, particularly on the keyboard, and Ms Cécile's announcements weren't very clear. Also, initially, there was a lot of buffering which, on Facebook, is not unusual, although it did lessen as the show progressed and, finally, the picture which was as sharp as a tack during the early stages was, later, either out of focus or else I need to go to Specsavers. 

However, despite all that, it was still as good a way as any to spend a lockdown Wednesday evening.

(Screenshot by Lance)
The majority of the 60+ minutes centred around the bubbly lass from Edinburgh who ducked and weaved as she wound her vocal chords around as choice a selection of standards as you are likely to find should you traverse the length and breadth of Broadway. Difficult to pick out one favourite but, for me, Gershwin's Soon just edged it over another Gershwin classic, I Was Doing Alright. I look forward to catching her live live. 

Urquhart also came down from Edinburgh and he played some nice things despite the sound issues. Jamie Brownfield we know well and he blows fine trumpet in a style that hovers around the mainstream to bop period. A variety of mutes provided an interesting contrast to his open horn blowing. Harrison was, generally speaking, laid back although his solos were fine and usually contained a hint of the melody. As for the leader himself, he did the necessary when the necessary was necessary and didn't do the necessary when the necessary wasn't necessary (apologies for using necessary unnecessarily but it's long been one of my spelling bogey words - I guess I've now got it well and truly conquered although, getting back to Gershwin, It Ain't Necessarily So!

Next week it's a New Orleans' themed show.

Lance

Move (instrumental); I Only Have Eyes For You; Thou Swell; Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You?; I Was Doing Alright; On Green Dolphin Street (instrumental); I Get Along Without You Very Well (voice and keys); Soon; Don't go to Strangers; Just You, Just Me.

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