Saturday, January 11, 2014

Port jazz sessions swing into new location

Port drummer Phil McGowan, swinging again. Courtesy photo
They say that when the Big Guy closes a door, he opens a window – or something like that. And that certainly seems to what’s going on with jazz in Newburyport.
Just a couple of weeks ago, we were saddened to hear that the Wednesday night jazz sessions at Ten Center hit a sour note, that they were history. Then, just a couple of week later, we find out that Phil McGowan, who organized the event, lining up some of the area’s hottest players for his midweek rambles, had landed on his music feet on the other side of Market Square, at Andiamo's, 24 Winter St. Local jazz will still swing, maybe, on a different day. Thursday. If  folks make it clear this is something they want. That is to say, if they get their seats into the seats. 

“We have the opportunity to have a fresh start at an exciting new venue in Newburyport,” says McGowan. “We have one night to debut at our new home, so we'll need you to come out and support this if it is going to be successful. Please mark the date down in you calendars.”  

The line-up for the first session, which takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Jan. 16, will be Mike Mele on guitar, Dave Landoni on bass and McGowan on drums. Mele, of course, is best known for his work with the Ken Clark Organ Trio, but has a big rep, known throughout the Boston area as a go-to guitarist for straight-ahead jazz and blues, but this will be a night to feature him. Landoni is known for his work with the legendary Herb Pomeroy. McGowan, of course, leads his own trio.

“ I am so excited that Andiamo would be willing to become our new home for Jazz Night,” the drummer says. “Whether you like to listen, eat and drink at a table by the band, or sit at the bar and listen from there, the room is great for live music.”

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