PETE LOWIT TRIO

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What an entertaining evening last night with the Pete Lowit Trio with Neil Birse (keyboards), Pete Lowit (double bass) and Fraser Peterkin (Drums).

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They took us through a kaleidoscope of jazz numbers, many familiar and others less so but all the better for it. Some highlights were:
‘recorder me’-[Joe Henderson]; ‘Sentimental mood’- [Ellington Coltrane]; 
‘Everbodies song but not my own’- [John Taylor];‘Dolphin dance’- [Herbie Handcock]; ‘Celeste’- [Ralph Towner]; ‘Midnight voyage’-  [Joey Calderazzo]; ‘Blue peril’- [Bud Pole];  Broken wing for Chet Baker;  ‘Voyage’- [kenny Barron] and ‘Sunshower’ also Kenny Barron.
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This was a tight knit trio that displayed tonal virtuosity but individually showed just why they are at the top of their game. Neil Birse, not long out of The Guildhall School of Music showed a maturity, fluidity  and sensitivity beyond his years. Pete Lowit’s bass playing is always a joy to listen to; it is often said the cello is the instrument closest to the human voice, Pete’s double bass is a close second. Fraser Peterkin’s relationship with his drum kit is extraordinary.Throughout the evening Fraser provided a reassuring backdrop that ranged from caressing his snare drum with the lightest of touches with his  brushes to an almost catastrophic smashing of his Tom drum, reminiscent of Ginger Baker at his best. Fraser’s finale was really something to behold; there are definitely West African genes coursing through his veins. Thank you gentlemen for a fine evening of jazz, we look forward to your return.

Lewis and Dav

 

Last night we welcomed to Moray Jazz Club Lewis and Dav for their last night of a months long tour of Scotland. These young and up and coming guitarists who hail from Bristol treated us to a diverse range of musical interpretations of pop, funk and rock with a jazzy twist, many of which were introduced as the best song ever written.

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They went straight in to ‘Everybody wants to rule the World’- Tears For Fears followed by  ‘One kiss’ -Calvin Harris; ‘To be with you’ -Mr Big; ‘Daphne’ -Django Reinhardt;  ‘3rd funky’ -Dav Lisbon; ‘Thousand miles’   -Vanessa Carlton; ‘Everywhere’ very funky version -Fleetwood Mac;  ‘It always rains down in..’ – Toto ; ‘Mama Mia’  -ABBA ; ‘Call me maybe’  Carly Rae Jepsen ; ‘California girls’ –  Katie Perry ; ‘Your body is a wonderland’  -John Mayer ;  ‘Folk faster song FFS ‘  -Lewis Dickinson; ‘Freefalling’ Tom Petty  and a jazzy twist to the lady of folk, Joni Mitchell.

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A night of entertaining acoustic wizardry with fun and funky takes on a number of well known hits from the eighties,nineties and noughties. Lewis’ fingerwork was mezmorizing and lightening quick, at times it was a challenge to keep up. Dav’s deep tone back up was like vintage port complimenting Lewis’ sparkling champagne. How on earth did Lewis play that guitar behind his head? And the fingerboard exchange on Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’ was a fun intro to this FM classic and made you realise what real joy that band’s music gave to so many of us back in the ‘70’s.
Lewis apologised for not having a gypsy  jazz guitar. He should not apologise. This was great jazzed up live music, great musicianship and great entertainment. Thank you gentlemen, an evening of  inspiring music, keep it up and please come again.

 

 

 

COLIN BLACK TRIO

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Moray Jazz welcomed the Colin Black trio with an entertaining evening of guitar based jazz standards. So the line up was Colin Black (guitar), Brian Chalmers (Bass Guitar) and that man Finlay Grant again (Drums).

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The trio started with a warm up ‘sound check’ of ‘I’m comin home baby’- Ben Tucker followed by a medley of great tunes including ‘Killer Joe’- Benny Golson; ‘Road Song’- Wes Montgomery;  Have you met Miss Jones ‘-Rogers and Hart; Favela’-Antonio Carlos Joachim; ‘Witchcraft’- Cy Coleman; Kiss me much/ bessamemucho’- Consuelo Velazquez; ‘Blue Monk’-Thelonious Monk; ‘The Birds and the Bees’-Attila Zoller; ‘The Girl from Ipanema’- Antônio Carlos Jobim;’Days of wine and roses’-Henry Mancini; ‘Chitlins con carne’-Kenny Burrell; ‘Gentle rain’-Luis Bonfa; ‘Summertime’ -George Gershwin;  Just friends’- John Klenner; ‘Moonlight in Vermont’ Karl Suessdorf; ‘Sister Sadie’ Horace Silver and to complete the set  Softly as a morning sunrise’-Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein.

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Finlay was as expressive as ever, ranging from caresses with his steel brushes on the snare drum to crisp notes on his toms.  Brian Chalmers  with his six string bass was squeezing out some juicy vintage notes throughout the evening, just like a cider press . There is a chill out factor with Colin, definitely some Carlos Santana tones to his guitar. It is as though he was playing in a late sixties early seventies time warp. Thank you Colin for the background and context to each piece of music, much appreciated. Hope to see you three in the  not too distant future.

 

FINLAY’S FIVESOME

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Great evening with the ‘House Band’ renamed Finlay’s Fivesome in honour of this awesome percussionist.  So, the line up was Colin Henderson [Baritone and Tenor Sax, Flute], Graeme Nairn [Guitar], Mario Jannetta [Keyboard], Bill Jannetta[Electric Bass] and Finlay Grant [Drums/Percussion].

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The band went straight  in to a diverse range of jazz standards including  ‘Autumn Leaves’Joseph Kosma; ‘Jersey Bounce’- Benny Goodman; ‘It’s you or no one’- Dexter Gordon; ‘Don’t go to Strangers’- Etta Jones;Like someone in love- Jimmy Van Heusen; ‘Afternoon in Paris’- John Lewis;‘Spring can really,hang you up the most’-Tommy Wolf; ‘Cherokee’– Ray Noble; ‘I should care’– Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn and ‘Hackensa’- Thelonious Monk.

We were treated to Graeme’s deft fingers on the black mamba guitar. Bill on Bass, very droll, witty and sharp and not f sharp. Mario’s fingers like a spider’s legs drunk on jazz. Colin’s crispy alto sax and sonorous notes from that baritone sax, always rich and enjoyable.  Then there is the man who is Finlay Grant. It was as though he was taken back to roots in Africa, deep down those genes and chromosomes cried out ‘Finlay, let them have that beat!’ His face said it all as he caressed the cymbals and enjoyed every note, including Bill’s F sharp. Thank you gentlemen for bringing live jazz to Elgin, a real privilege.

 

 

THE BLACK ISLE JAZZ BAND

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A great evening of vibrant up beat jazz from the Black Isle Jazz Band that is Pat Strachan – [Trombone], Roy Stevenson [Sax and Clarinet],Derek Mathieson –[Guitar and Banjo],Dave Swan Bass Guitar] and Andy Davidson [Drums]

The band played a range of jazz standards with occasional vocal input from the gravelly Pat Strachan. The set kicked off  with ‘Bernie’s tune’ Gerry Mulligan followed by ‘Moon River’- Henry Mancini; ‘Blue monk’ Thelonious Monk; ‘Love for sale’ Cole Porter with a great double act of trombone and sax; Pat’s ‘Own composition’ …’Bflat.. I told you in instructions Dave!’  the classic bossa nova ‘Girl from Ipanema’ Antonio Jobim; Roy sublimely playing another own composition ‘In what Roy’ ! ‘My romance’ Richard Rodgers; ‘s’wonderful’ George  Gershwin ; ‘Angel eyes’ Matt Dennis, Roy’s solo was a superb interpretation; ‘Limehouse Blues’ Benny Goodman; ‘Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans’ Eddie de Lange and  ‘Autumn leaves’ Joseph Kosma.

A memorable evening with great playing by the Band. Roy’s sax and clarinet playing is always a joy to listen to. Many thanks Roy, much appreciated  by MJC. Pat, the stalwart trombonist’s playing is lyrical, as is his admonishing of band players who have a dig at him [not mentioning any names Dave]. Derek’s guitar playing has both precision and spontaneity; great to watch. Dave, humorous, naughty but richly toned bass playing from this ‘man at the back’. Andy, thanks for holding it together in the rhythm section, and for keeping out of trouble when the banter got heated!

Hope to see you soon Gents.

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HOUSE BAND

An evening with the humorous, entertaining and talented house band that is Colin Henderson [Baritone and Alto Sax and Flute], Graeme Nairn [ Guitar], Bill Jannetta [Electric Bass], Alistair Stuart  [Drums] and Pamela Nairn [Vocals].

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The band took us through a familiar and not so familiar set that included ‘I hear a rhapsody’– George Fragos; ‘Tenderly’- Walter Gross; ‘What more can I say’– Ross Jack; ‘When  you wish upon a star ‘- Leigh Harline‎ &  Ned Washington; ‘What a difference a day makes’– ‎María Grever ‎& ‎Stanley Adams‎; ‘Love me or leave me’Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn; ‘Perhaps’- Victor Davies;’ Holding hands at night beneath the starry sky’ –Gershwin; ‘Cheesecake’- Dexter Gordon; ‘Stardust’- Hoagy Carmichael; ‘ Lullaby Of Birdland’ – George Shearing;’ September in the rain’- Harry Warren; ‘Besame Mucho’-Consuelo Velazquez; ‘You make me feel so young‘- Josef Myrow.

It is always a pleasure to hear Pamela sing and bringing alive some great Jazz songs from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.  Graeme was on form with a bluesy number by Sandy Williams, Bill and Alistair provided a rich tonal backdrop on the rhythm section and Colin as ever showed his virtuosity on saxophones and flute.  Many thanks Pamela and gents.

 

FAB FOUR

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An evening of great variety, good jazz, good humour  and  very much in the vein of Thelonius Monk…’don’t play what the public want-you play what you want and let the public pick up on what you doing..’

With thanks to Colin Henderson on Baritone Sax, Alto Sax and Flute; Jon Hall Keyboards, Bill Jannetta Bass and Fabrizio Conti on Drums.   Colin said his lips had been out of practice for five weeks; we would never have known. Jon, as witty as ever, oh, and pretty nifty on the ivories. Bill, laconic and deceptively dextrous on twanging those four bass strings. Fabrizio, in his element, chilled and dreaming of Coco cabaña when Colin went for the bossa novas. Thanks  Fabrizio for giving  up your  time to show a very young fan your drumkit… the next generation.

So, we were treated to, amongst a number of standards, Black Orpheus [Day in the life of a fool]- Luis Bonfa;Night and Day and What is this thing called love – Cole Porter; Satin doll Duke Ellington; I hear a rhapsody-Fragos,Baker and Gasparre; Darn that dream Jimmy Van Heusen; These foolish things Jack Strachey; Moanin’-Bobby Timmons; A little tear [tare?]– Rumir Deodato; Good morning heartache-Higginbotham,Drake and Fisher; finished off by Sonny Rollins’ St Thomas.

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