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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.

Monday, June 24, 2013

James Harrison Quartet @ The Cherry Tree.

James Harrison (pno); Ian Simpson (gtr); James Robson (bs); Dave Donnelly (dms).
(Review by Lance)
The Cherry Tree these days seems to be a home from home for our top pianists. Paul Edis, Jeremy McMurray, Alan Glen, Alan Law, Dean Stockdale, Peter Gilligan and Stuart Collingwood have all appeared here. James Harrison has done solo gigs here but this was a first appearance with his quartet.
Was he intimidated by his peers? If he was it didn't show.
A first rate performance by a young man who can hold his own in any company, tonight was an absolute delight.
Apart from James, Ian Simpson continues to develop and he too is becoming a force to be reckoned with.
Robson is rapidly moving up the league of bass players and Donaldson kept to brushes all evening without any loss of swing.
On One Note Samba, Harrison described Donnelly's solo as "The quietest drum solo in the world." Paradoxically, it drew the loudest applause. There may be a moral in there somewhere!
The program contained a selection of well worn standards that didn't hurt at all. Good jazz musicians can make a purse out of a sow's ear - not that there were any sow's ears on the menu Although, maybe there was as I started with Pork and Pistachio Terrine.
On the stand we heard Autumn Leaves, So Nice, All of Me, Lullaby of Birdland, My Funny Valentine, Ain't Misbehavin, Fly Me To The Moon and Twisted - complete with the Wardell Gray/Annie Ross solo played note perfect by Harrison.
My Rump Steak was served up medium which was the tempo for Sunny. A Train was a little faster,  Killer Joe was a killer and amazingly a number that sounded a bit like Rockin' Chair was played up tempo - if it was Rockin' Chair no wonder "Dear old Aunt Harriet is up in Heaven"! Excellent.
Some Day my Prince Will Come and Canteloupe Island rounded off my visit as did my Lemon Posset with Hedgerow Berries and Meringue.
Harrison, Simpson and Robson are members of Dropping Bombs who are playing on the concourse at Sage Gateshead this coming Friday (June 28)- a free gig - don't miss it.
Lance.

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