chronicle: February 2011

Another Whitechapel knees-up at Indo, courtesy of Terry Edwards and his Near Jazz Experience. First up were Gardens and their brand of neo-punk revival (I did ask). The trombone poetry set mixed metro poems with solo funk inventions, among other things, and we achieved the NJE to finish, with added trombone.

Slightly further Out East, trombone poetry returned to that Bethnal Green gem, The Gallery Café, to round off an evening of open mic that included a rambling song strangely reminiscent of W.C. Fields’ ditty, The Fatal Glass of Beer, from the eponymous film. The guitarist didn’t quite match Fields’ own self-accompaniment on dulcimer, the fur-hatted Fields having asked his Mountie listener if he’d mind if he kept his mitts on. Neither did the weather match Fields’ recurrent cry that “It ain’t a fit night out for man nor beast”, but too many folk scuttled off home after singing their own song. Nice.

We shall never know what toxic delights would have splashed through the PA at A Spoonful Of Poison in Stoke Newington, as the gig was pulled a few hours beforehand due to the local council: something to do with certification and noise. Vis the Spoon will bounce back with more certified noise next week. Apologies to those who had a wasted journey.

The Wenlock Arms gig was Mike Walter’s birthday bash, so he brought the pies, not to mention a squeezebox and tenor sax. The proceedings began with new foundlings and The Wenlock Blues from trombone poetry, followed by (shouldn’t they have opened?) Mouth: Mike Walter with the illustrious Lol Coxhill on soprano sax. The last set was provided by ruM (Mike Walter + Paul Taylor) with a finale aided by sundry celebrants like Paul Shearsmith on pocket trumpet and Alan Wilkinson on alto in an Albert Ayler blowout. A brutally edited video may eventually emerge. Beware the Victorian mild.

Friday 4 March 20:00
(tp set before 21:30 due to Roberto Pla gig nearby later)

trombone poetry + open mic


171 Kennington Road
SE11 6SF

Thursday 10 March 20:00

ruM + Megan Parry + Stefan Gaphausen + Ze Hoff und Me +
Jazzman John Clarke + Dangerous T + DJ Callcenta


The Urban Bar
176 Whitechapel Road
E1 1BJ

Monday 14 March 20:00

trombone poetry + standards/originals with jazz rhythm section + open mic


90 Mycenae Road

admission: £5/£3

Thursday 24 March 19:30-23:00

trombone poetry + Smokey Taps + Chewbatucada + John Constable
+ Nadia Gasper + Barbara Ahland + DTC Streetdance Crew + Emily Woodhouse + Oliver Place + Dj Weird Market


Hotel Elephant
77-85 Newington Causeway

free admission

promoted by NEON, creators of annual Elefest, which will not happen this year without more local support

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