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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm). Cancelled tfn.

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm). Cancelled tfn.

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: JazzMain - April 25

(Photo by Debra Milne)
Nick Gould (tenor sax); Steve Grossart (keys); Iain Harkness (5 string electric bass); Kevin Dorrian (drums).

Always good to hear JazzMain when they make their occasional forays south of the border down Railway St. way. 

Sunday in New York was an appropriate starter. Admittedly we weren't in New York but it was Sunday and, being Sunday, we were virtually in The Globe which is the next best thing to being in Birdland. Indeed, on a Sunday night in Newcastle, it's the only game in town. Lockdown or no lockdown these guys hadn't neglected their chops.

Johnny Mandel's Cinnamon & Cloves; Dizzy's Tin Tin Deo and a luscious version of Darn That Dream kept things at a relatively high level before the ante was lifted with Friday Night at the Cadillac Club. This Bob Berg number would have had the crowd shakin' it and letting it all hang out had there been a crowd to do such lascivious things ... in about 3 weeks I think/hope.

Hank Mobley provided Funk in Deep Freeze, Tom Jobim came up with the inevitable bossa nova - Favela - which made space for sax and bass to flex their muscles and Grover Washington added Mr Magic.

By the time we reached the last number which, in time-honoured show business tradition, turned out  not be the last number at all, I had made a few reflections.

(Photo by Debra Milne)
That they managed to get through a gig without the meaningless round of fours that most bands today seem to regard as a rite of passage was a distinct plus. Steve Grossart played some excellent solos although, personally, I'd have preferred to have heard them played with a more traditional piano sound rather than the tinkle-tinkle electronic sound. As ever Harkness was as sound as a Scottish pound and Dorrian, although restricted solowise, seized the moment when it thrust upon him - impressively. Oh yes, and there's also Nick Gould who can hold his own in any company on his great tenor sound alone!

The final final number, Horace Silver's The Hippest Cat in Hollywood, could easily have been re-named as The Hippest Cats in Holyrood!

Come back soon.

Lance

1 comment :

Nick Gould said...

Hi Lance, Thanks very much for reviewing our gig. It just felt so good to play with the guys again after a 14 month hiatus.

The Globe gang has done so much to support the musicians over the last months and we really appreciated the opportunity to play again.

Last year was going to be a busy one for us, I am glad to say we are seeing bookings start to come in now so hopefully in the next couple of months live music with an audience will no longer just be a memory.

best regards


Nick

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