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Today Thursday April 25

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Tees Valley Jazzmen - The Merry Monk, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 12:30pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Eliot Smith Dance: Triple Bill - Newbiggin Maritime Centre, Church Point, Newbiggin by the Sea NE64 6DB. Tel: 01670 811951. 7:30pm. £14.00. (£12.00. concs., £30.00. family). Performance inc Poppy (music composed by Jason Holcomb).

Julija Jaceniate Trio Black Swan, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00. concs). Jacenaite (vocals), Steve Glendinning (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass).

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Paul Donnelly Quartet - 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.

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

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Folk Meets Jazz @ The Globe: October 1

Minnie Fraser (vocals); Carrie McCullock (vocals, guitar); Sheila Herrick (vocals); George Anyfantis (Piano); Ian Forbes (vocals, drums); Michael Woods (vocals, Guitar); Ann Alex (vocals)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Once again, we had a good, friendly, informal time at our monthly coming together of Folk and Jazz.  In fact there were only 2 people who weren’t performers, and I suspect that they were hiding their talents for the present. John Taylor, one of the ‘listeners’, told us that in Spanish music shops that he’d visited, the CD’s are arranged according to which rhythm they represent, rather than artist or genre.  Food for thought – certainly something that tells us about different musical attitudes.
I began with a couple of unaccompanied folk songs.  One was Sally Free And Easy, written by the late Cyril Tawney, a song with the same theme as St James Infirmary Blues, so then we needed cheering up, so along came a trio, Minnie, George and Ian, with a jazzy All Of Me, with skilled improvisation from Minnie on the second chorus; She then taught us all a round, very ably sung by the whole company in 4 parts, just like that!  
Sheila sang songs which were very cleverly connected, both about skylarks, and as you’ve guessed one was the jazz song of that name.  Carrie did 2 of her own quietly reflective songs with guitar, George followed with 2 contrasting tunes, the second a sad but dramatic Greek tune, as I had demanded that he played something from his native land!  Ian treated us to a rather naughty song about boy scouts having to be prepared, and his wonderfully lively version of It Don’t Mean A Thing. By now Michael and ‘listener’ Susan had appeared, so he treated us to Harlem Rag and a song about a highwayman who robbed only rich people.
The second set found me doing an unaccompanied blues with Ian on drums, Minnie sang about her funny Valentine, and a girl band appeared, when Sheila and Carrie joined forces on Moonlight In Vermont.  George brought back memories with Those Were the Days, and Michael was beginning something good as I left for the Metro.  Watch for Michael’s next appearance at the Lit and Phil.
Minnie is in charge for the next session on November 5, Fireworks Day, as I’m away on a blues singing holiday in Yorkshire.  Thanks to everyone who supports this evening, and lots more of you will be welcome next time.  
Ann Alex

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