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Monday, July 05, 2021

The Independence Trio @ St James' & St Basil's, Newcastle - July 4

(Photo by Russell)
Keith Robinson (alto sax); Graham Don (keyboards); Ian Paterson (bass guitar)

The weather forecast would play an important role in the day's music. On American Independence Day, the scratch Independence Trio made provision to play in the grounds of St James' and St Basil's Church with the option to move indoors to the church hall thanks to a less than brilliant forecast with thundery showers a real possibility. By lunchtime a decision was taken to play the gig in the church itself. Shortly afterwards, thanks to an improved forecast, we were back to square one, we'd be outdoors in the church gardens. 

Come three o'clock the sun shone. Multi-reeds player Keith Robinson would restrict himself to alto sax, working alongside Strictly Smokin' band mate, pianist Graham Don, and the ever-adaptable Ian Paterson on bass guitar. A well-populated church grounds would hear two short sets of standards kicking-off with In a Mellotone. 

A Day in the Life of a Fool/Black Orpheus threw up a surprise - Graham Don 'singing', à la George Benson's wordless vocals, voice in unison with keyboard! Up Jumped Spring followed by Joy Spring hinted at a theme but more of Don's vocals on No More Blues put paid to that theory! 

My Foolish Heart featured sensitive contributions from all three men, perhaps the tune of the day. All the Things You Are, Joe Henderson's Recorda Me and Bye Bye Blackbird rounded off an enjoyable afternoon basking in summer sunshine. Russell

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