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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Peter Gilligan Trio w. Alice Grace @ The Cherry Tree.








Alice Grace (vcl); Peter Gilligan (pno); Paul Grainger (bs); Russ Morgan (dms).
(Review by Lance).
This was the kind of session at which the Cherry Tree excels and tonight, it even excelled itself!
But, how could it fail with this calibre of Jazz? Superb singer, Pucka piano, Beautiful bass and Dynamic drums - yes drums can be as dynamic, possibly even more so, with brushes as with sticks.
In the right hands and tonight they were in the right hands.
Mean to Me allowed those who hadn't heard Ms Grace before to discover just what she could do with a lyric and a melody - Alice, Carmen, Anita, all singing from the same, exclusive, lead sheet.
Studying the menu, trying to decide on a starter - Courgette Soup; Montgomery Cheddar and Spinach Souffle were rolled, mentally around my palate until Alice sang Devil May Care. Devil May Care indeed! I said, ordering the Pigeon Breast, Raspberries, Mint and Feta Cheese. Perhaps I was subconsciously getting back at the pigeon who had "decorated" my car yesterday. It probably wasn't the same bird but it may have been related.
The songs came fast and furious, slow and sentimental, each and all wonderful even if a degree of uncertainty sometimes showed midst les tout ensemble. Who cares? That's jazz and I wouldn't have it any other way.
By the time I'd reached my 8oz Bistro rump steak with the Traditional Garnish, Fries, Tomato and Rosemary Butter main course we'd had You Go to My Head; Invitation; Just in Time; There Will Never Be Another You; No More Blues; Taking a Chance on Love and The Nearness of You - Not a Summertime or a Valentine among them!
Time for a break, a bottle of Black Sheep and a chat with Sylvia Truscott and her friend Anne - pics are from Anne's phone (I forgot my camera!)
We all agreed that Alice was something special, Pete at the top of his game, Paul - no wonder they named a street after him and Russ, he uses his brushes better than Renoir!
Break over.
I Thought About You; One Note Samba; Joyspring - this latter number was special in an evening of specials! great piano solo and some superb scatting from (ooh) Ms Grace - More Than You Know; It Could Happen To You; Chick Corea's Windows and, finally, for me, Lush Life.
And, as if the above wasn't sufficient my Strawberry Frangipane with Vanilla Ice Cream certainly was.
Lance.

1 comment :

  1. Couldn't agree with you more. A quite special Wednesday evening.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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