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Lionel Loueke: "A mistake is just for the moment - make it the best mistake it can be, and that's it" - (JazzTimes, April 2019).

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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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

For your diary...

Quite a weekend coming up starting at the Jazz Café on Thursday night (that's tomorrow March 15) at 8pm. This JNE promotion sees the launch of the long-awaited album by the Riviera Quartet.
Pete Tanton (trumpet); Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums) are guaranteed to delight the audience with their post-bop approach to what was going on in the south of France in 1962 by Dizzy Gillespie. Can't guarantee Riviera weather but the music will make up for it. Kicks off at 8pm and it's only £6 although you are advised to bring more as you are sure going to want to buy a CD. In fact, £10 gets you entry and a CD!

However, don't think you will get a long lie in on Friday morning. No sir, not if you want to hear the classiest piano trio around who are playing at the Lit and Phil, Westgate Rd., Newcastle, at 1pm
I'm referring to the James Harrison Trio - James (piano); Anthony Ord (bass) and Tom Chapman (drums). Although relatively young by the jazz icons of yesteryear already, even though still in their '20s (I think), they've achieved well-deserved recognition amongst their peers. The first time I heard Harrison I was reminded of the first time I heard Paul Edis. Both had, and still have, a freshness of approach that makes listening to either such a pleasure. With Ord and Chapman lending solid support this will be the fastest hour you've ever known.
You'll need some time to chill out and reflect upon your lunchtime feast before setting off once more. 
However, 7 hours, less travelling time, should be enough to get you back in town for the Friday night duo set at the Jazz Café by Julija Jacenaite (vocals) and Steve Glendinning (guitar) although, as it's advertised as by Julija and Friends, expect the duo to be quickly augmented! The Lithuanian born singer has made quite an impact on the northeast jazz scene. One thing is for sure, the joint will be jumping! And it's free! 9pm start.
The line forms on the right...

Sunday, late afternoon, early evening, Hoochie Coochie's the only game in town. Jason Isaacs and the Ambassadors of Swing will be spreading the gospel according to the apostles Frank, Michael, Bobby, Elvis and Tony as well as a few latter-day saints. Backed by the most swinging band this side of Las Vegas, if swings your thing then The King will be on stage at 5:30pm but get there early (doors 4pm) otherwise the former bobbysoxers will have all the best vantage points.

Those who are fleet of foot or own a fast set of wheels may just manage to get over to Blaydon Jazz Club (Black Bull, Bridge St., Blaydon N21 4JJ) in time for an 8pm start by the Zoe Gilby Quartet.
In the first concert of the season at the long-running jazz club, singer Zoe will have Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums) with her for an evening of standards, contemporary songs and originals penned by herself and husband Andy.

When operating on such a tight schedule as Sunday it's always good to have a Plan B so if you stay too long at Hoochie to get to Blaydon or if the lasses lose their crinolines, as, according to legend so often happens when 'gannin' along the Scotswood Road' then look no further than The Globe Jazz Bar at 11 Railway St. where the Jazz Coop present Alter Ego (photo courtesy of Russell) who blew up such a storm at Darlington last weekend. This bop-inspired band never fail to impress. 8pm. Talk about being spoilt for choice!
This is going to be a weekend to remember! So don't forget!
Lance.
PS: I should also mention that KOAN 7 are at The Globe on Saturday night but, as I've never heard them it would be unfair of me to comment.

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