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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.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Vasilis Xenopoulos Quartet @ the Black Bull - Blaydon Jazz Club. Oct. 25

Vasilis Xenopoulos (ten); Paul Edis (pno); Andy Champion (ns); Russ Morgan (dms) + Anne DeVere (vcl); Bill Harper (pno); Matthew Mackellar (dms).
(Review by Lance).
If this isn't our "Gig of the Year" it will only be because Stan Getz was discovered not to be dead but living nearby in Crawcrook. However, even in that unlikely case scenario this gig  may still get the nod. Few in the packed room would, I think, disagree.
You Do Something to Me did something to me - made me realise that tonight was going to be something special. Over the years I've heard Vasi several times and, unfailingly, each one is better than the previous - and the very first one at the old Side Café was fantastic!
Serenade to a Cuckoo by Roland Kirk; Kenny Barron's Jan Julia; Step Lightly by Joe Henderson; Imagination and Dexter Gordon's Montmartre made this first set one of magical proportions.
Of course, brilliant as he is, this couldn't have been achieved without the A lister help of Paul Edis, Andy Champion and Russ Morgan. I've heard bands that have been playing together for years that weren't as tight as these four.
The second set kicked off  with a surprise. Anne DeVere and Bill Harper, once long term residents at Blaydon Jazz Club but now living in France, had popped over and, with young Matthew Mackellar, joined up with Vasi and Andy for Autumn Leaves. Great to see and hear them again.
Back to business with Mobley's Split Filling; Joey Calderazzo's Midnight Voyage; and an absolutely beautiful ballad, I Fall in Love to Easily. I think one or two of the ladies in the room may have done just that albeit not with me!
Sadly, for me, that was the end of the affair as the number 12 bus was due which connected with the Metro and then the number 27.
It was good that so many had made the pilgrimage to Blaydon and been rewarded with such swinging music.
Strange that, although the outgoing bus was "Gannin' along the Scotswood Road," nobody was singing Blaydon Races ...
Lance.

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