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Today Thursday January 17

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Tees Hot Club w. Noel Dennis (tpt); Dave Stansfield (ten sax); Dave Archbold (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

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.

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

Friday, March 23, 2018

MGB: The Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe - March 22

Debra Milne (vocal/lyricist); Steve Glendinning (guitar/composer); Katy Trigger (bass guitar); Nik Alevroyiannis (drums).
(Review by Lance/photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
A program of, in the main, original compositions. Words by D.Milne, music by B.Golson, S.Glendinning, B.Johnston and A.Glen.
During the course of the evening, Debra supplied her own words to Benny Golson's Killer Joe as well as pieces closer to home such as Alan Glen's Easy Go, a couple by guitarist Bradley Johnston and several by Steve Glendinning who played some stellar solos during the course of the gig.
Intriguing titles: The Pick-Up, which wasn't about a truck, Too Busy For Thinking, Soul Mate, Blame Game, Man in a Room, Stay, Don't Come Back Here Anymore, Most People, a song about voters and politicians that our girl wrote the day after Trump got the keys to the White House and Show me the Man.
I'm not sure which were Bradley's compositions and which were Steve's but words and music gelled nicely on all of them.
Perhaps the most interesting song of all was one which Debra wrote whilst on a songwriting course at the WEA - The Bridge Song. Nothing to do with Sonny Rollins and his 3-year sabbatical practicing on the Williamsburg Bridge, but to do with the building of the Tyne Bridge which took place from 1925 to 1928. A folksy song with a catchy hook worthy of becoming a Geordie standard in years to come - It would slot nicely into Roly Veitch's Geordie Songbook.
There were also a couple of standards - Corcovado and Four. The latter piece closed the session and had voice and guitar playing the head in unison - very effective.
Katy Trigger only took one solo, we'd have liked more; her pivotal support held the whole thing together. On drums, Nik impressed with his solo in the first set and excelled in the final round of fours on Four in the finale.
Debra was, well Debra. If she seemed a little restrained on the opening Killer Joe, that restraint disappeared as the four individual components became one and her distinctive style asserted itself.
Enjoyable evening.
Lance.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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