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Monday, 1 January 2018

More highlights of 2017 - from Neil Hughes

 Champian Fulton
 Dale Storr 
 Stuart McCallum & Mike Walker

Highlights for me of the jazz year just passed at the Cinnamon Club!

Champian Fulton Trio with Arnie Somogyi & Stephen Keogh 3rd Nov 2017
This lady is going to be star. A real tour de force display demonstrating superlative piano skills, but so much more more than that. Rhythm, timing, vocals that were rich and smooth, and song choices that delivered all night long. Ably assisted by the powerhouse rhythm section of Arnie Somogyi on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums, the Cinnamon Club was sold out - and rightly so. Champian had the chat, the guile and the guts to totally swing her show across 90 beautiful minutes. Go see her if you can.

Dale Storr 13th October 2017
"The best show that Dale has ever delivered" said Bob Swift who booked this gig for him. Confident, swinging jazz and blues from this superb pianist.  Mastering all styles from New Orleans to Swing, to Dixie and stride piano, Dale chooses tunes that get the packed house on their feet. The boy can sing too, and James Booker is his obvious hero. Victor Brox was Dale's special guest and he was effusive in his praise for the Sheffield based maestro.

Stuart McCallum & Mike Walker 10th March 2017
Are we spoilt for having these two  based in Manchester ? You bet we are, and these two innovative free spirits sucked us all in to an evening of guitar playing that pushed and pulled at all sorts of boundaries.  The boundaries of songs we all know which are then beautifully taken into another plane, and yet gently return us home. And then boundaries of what we believe a guitar can do are broken before our very eyes as Stuart & Mike spark off each other, adding layer upon layer of emotional twisting and turning as they bring their own songs to the fore.  We had a pin drop quiet masterclass of guitar playing.



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