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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Sunday March 18


Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 12 noon. Free.

Jason Isaacs & the Ambassadors of Swing - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (doors 4:00pm). £16.00.

Revolutionaires - Tyne Bar, Maling St, Newcastle NE6 1LP. 3pm. Free.

Somethin’ Blue - Vesuvio, 3a Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RL. 5:00pm. Tel: 01325 788564. Matt Case (saxophone) & Mike Hepple (guitar).


POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! Zoë Gilby Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. 8:00pm. £5.00. Rescheduled August 19.

Alter Ego - The Globe, 11 Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Bradley Johnston - The Fire Station, High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3DT. Tel: 0191 594 7241. 6:00pm. Free. New weekly residency.

Gypsy Dave Smith - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Gilligan, Williams and Forbes December 27 - The Jazz Café

Pete Gilligan (Piano); Mark Williams (Guitar); Don Forbes (Trumpet).
(Review by Kath Jobes).
Life is complicated enough. And jazz is just a chance to escape from it, at least for a moment…Cabin fever had set in at home and I needed some Jazz, so off I went to the Jazz Café for what can only be described as a bouncing night!  The first set was just Gilligan and Williams, who were later joined in the second set by Don Forbes and his trusty trumpet.
Charlie Parker’s Billie’s Bounce set us away with a superb piano solo from Pete, it’s great to see this talented musician back home in the Café.  A lovely arrangement of Keith Jarrett’s Memories of Tomorrow led on to another lively tune this time we were Bouncing With Bud, with an enjoyable call and response section between piano and guitar.  Jim Hall’s captivating Waltz New was followed by a couple of Horace Silver’s tunes - the lively The St. Vitus Dance and Summer in Central Park, with Williams as ever, playing magnificently.  A brief interlude of Michel Petrucciani's September 2nd, then back to Silver with Opus De Funk to end this set.
Set Two commenced again with the Gillingham/Williams duo with Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most, beautiful as an instrumental, but I love Ella’s version. Chick Corea’s Spain followed on, but without the lovely Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez introduction… which is actually my favourite bit… so ok I love a bit of Classical fused with jazz!   Finally Don Forbes joined the guys to play an enjoyable There Will Never Be Another You. His proficient playing continued in Frank Foster’s Simone - delightful …as was You and the Night and the MusicNico’s Dream and Come Rain Come Shine written by Harold Arlen with lyrics by Johnny Mercer... again Ella does a lovely rendition, rounded off a very entertaining night… thanks guys!
Kath J.

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