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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

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

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Monday, February 26, 2018

Bradley Johnston @ The Fire Station, Sunderland - Feb 25

Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell)
Arriving in good time for Bradley Johnston’s early evening jazz guitar residency it was immediately apparent that the Fire Station was busy, more so than on previous visits to Sunderland’s latest and most welcome café bar eaterie. With tables occupied, high bar stools claimed and the few coveted, oh-so-comfortable Engine Room sofas accommodating Wearside’s early birds, it was good fortune that your correspondent and his companion for the evening bagged two fireside chairs adjacent to Brad’s performance space.

Wave, Night and Day, Stella by Starlight, just three early highlights of Brad’s seamless opening set. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Stormy Weather, Billie’s Bounce (thanks to Brad for being the BSH fact-checker…of course it was Billie’s Bounce!). A heartening development to report…the first applause came not from your BSH correspondent and his companion, rather a party of four at a nearby table showing its appreciation of Brad’s consummate guitar playing. Furthermore, later in the evening, a listener, sitting at a table on the far side of the room, took time to approach Brad and engage our guitarist in conversation, a conversation ending in a firm handshake. A new residency can take time to build an audience and these two instances suggest things are moving in the right direction.

Brad’s acoustic guitar section included Ferry Across the Mersey. A nice enough tune, but on a jazz gig? During one of two intervals, Brad explained that guitar hero Pat Metheny recorded the number. That explains it! Returning to the GASbook; A Foggy Day, How High the Moon?, All the Things You Are, one could listen to this all night but it’s a nine o’clock finish for Brad, time though for Lush Life, Body and Soul, a fleeting reference to Misty then Skylark and Oleo. Job done, Brad came over for a chat, the Fire Station doing good business, a best guess is that the venue’s management is likely to continue with the residency. To help ensure it does, do get along, Sundays at six.          

1 comment :

Russell said...

A correction is required - it wasn't Oleo, it was Doxy. Note to self - pay attention at the back!

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