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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.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Minnie Fraser Quartet @ Gosforth Civic Theatre - March 8

Minnie Fraser (vocals); Lin Lee Wong (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
Gosforth Jazz Club has been attracting sizeable audiences and another good turn out greeted the Minnie Fraser Quartet. Electing to perform on the floor of the hall enabled vocalist Fraser to make that all important connection with the listener although, because of the lighting, she wasn’t able to see into the auditorium. The focus of attention was Fraser and her band; pianist Lin Lee Wong, a scrubbed-up Paul Grainger playing double bass and drummer Rob Walker.

A medium tempo All of Me to open the set followed by an achingly slow tempo My Funny Valentine and a regulation take on Ain’t Misbehavin’ with the instrumentalists sharing the spotlight, this was a good beginning to the evening and it became abundantly clear that bandleader Fraser was playing to an on-side crowd. Pianist Lin Lee Wong’s ear for a melody stood Fraser in good stead; a look, a nod, the cue, a working partnership. Bandleader Fraser didn’t have to worry about the rhythm boys – Messrs Grainger and Walker knew this stuff inside out and Walker’s hand drumming on The Very Thought of You was up there with the best of them. God Bless the Child, Song for My Father, a set of standards, a listening audience, Fraser closed the first half of the show suggesting it would be a good idea to see bar sales ticking over during the interval.

Second set, more of the same – good! Misty, an injection of swing on Old Devil Moon with Lin Lee and PG helping themselves to solos followed by more fine piano playing from Lin Lee on Cheek to Cheek. The little heard Midnight Sun (comp. Hampton and Burke, lyrics Johnny Mercer), Lullaby of Birdland, Fraser excelling on Stardust, the band could have played on but conscious of the time the Minnie Fraser Quartet closed the evening with Darn That Dream and a Latin-tinged Georgia just in time to catch a hurtling A Train.

As the evening drew to a close Fraser’s son Simon took the mic to inform the audience that it was his mother’s birthday and it was Simon himself who lead a chorus of Happy Birthday. A nice touch to end an enjoyable evening at Gosforth Jazz Club.
Russell             

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Well done Minnie and the band! You're a star.

Peanut

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