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Craig Taborn: "Every sound you make is a choice, and it's a choice made in relation to everything happening around you" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Super Sunday @ The Jazz Café

Sarah Travena (sop); Pete Gilligan (pno); Ray Truscott (bs); Eric Stutt (dms).
Alan Law (pno/alt); Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Julija Jacenaite(vcl).
A late start but well worth the waiting for with some moments that defined what the Jazz Café and jazz itself is all about.
Sarah set the pace with a fine version of Besame Mucho - chorus after chorus fell, seemingly, effortlessly beneath her fingers - the lines as lithe and sinuous as her endless legs.
Pete Gilligan was back into the two-handed world and his playing showed little restraint from his recent fracture - truth is his solo on There Will Never Be Another You fractured the audience including a couple of guys up here working on a Vanessa Redgrave movie. The Jazz Café where the elite meet to hear some great jazz.
Eric Stutt and Ray Truscott drove things along although personally I prefer a four string bass to a six stringer. Nevertheless, Ray did the business.
Lindsay arrived with Alan on alto and they did Blue Monk very effectively followed by an up-tempo version of Down With Love (Yip Harburg?) - Lindsay really nailed that one!
Alan moved over to piano and a new star appeared in The Galaxy - Julija Jacenaite.
A Lithuanian lady, Julija really made her mark. Don't ask me what the song was - maybe it was called For You - if it was it was for me for you and for everyone who heard it. It was blues it was ballad it was rock with a Tina Turner like intensity.
As earthy as anything I've heard in the last 100 years - let's hope she sticks around Newcastle.
Lance.

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