Tom Hewson’s Treehouse and Calum Gourlay Quartet. London, September 2010.

I went to a venue new to me last week, the upstairs room of a pub in Kilburn, the North London Tavern. Fitted out with leather sofas, it felt much like someone’s front room, albeit one housing a jazz band. First up was Tom Hewson’s Treehouse, with Hewson on piano, Calum Gourlay on bass and Lewis Wright on vibes. I sat right by the vibes, and was impressed by the way Wright danced up and down the bars. It was fascinating watching the vibes up close, the motor spinning and the bars ringing. The band played gentle jazz, featuring tunes by Jimmy Guiffre and Oliver Nelson as well as Hewson. A lovely sound.

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They were followed by Gourlay’s own band, with Jim Hart on drums, George Crowley on tenor, and Gareth Cochrane on a range of flutes. This was more muscular music, sax and flutes blowing along.

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It was a really enjoyable evening – good to get to a new venue!


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