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Today Friday April 26

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Black Bull, Frosterley DL3 2SL. Tel: 01388 527784. Coach trip dep Tyneside 10:30am. Tickets: £15.00. Info: 0191 252 9429.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Noel Dennis Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

The City Trio - Stack, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6QE. Tel: 0191 216 1415. 5:00-7:00pm. Free. Alice Grace, Jennifer Davies, Ben Helm.

Evening.

Swing Bridge - Scott's, Forum Cinema, Market Place, Hexham NE46 1XF. Tel: 01434 601144. 6:20-7:15pm. Free. Gig in the cafe.

James Birkett & Emma Fisk - The Old Low Light, Clifford's Fort, North Shields Fish Quay NE30 1JA. Tel: 0191 257 4506. 7:00pm. £10.00. Advance booking required.

Baghdaddies - Ponteland Beer Festival, Ponteland Leisure Centre, Callerton Lane, Ponteland NE20 9EG. Baghdaddies 7:15pm (doors 6:00pm). £12.00.

Pepperland - Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6BR. Tel: 08448 112121. 7:30pm. £19.00. Mark Morris Dance Group's 50th anniversary celebration of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. MD Ethan Iverson leads seven-piece NYC band. First night of two.

The Ronnie Scott’s Story: 60th Anniversary Concert - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £27.70. & £18.50. Support set by Jambone on concourse (7:00pm).

Sue Ferris Quintet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01325 468177. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. Note new, earlier start time.

Blues/Soul/Funk

45 Spread - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law at The Dun Cow, Jesmond - April 18

Julija Jacenaite (vocals/piano); Alan Law (piano) + George Sykes (tenor).
(Review by Lance).
I've heard Julija several times at jam sessions and never failed to be impressed. However, a couple of numbers at a jam is far removed from the responsibility of sustaining that momentum over a two-set gig and I was curious to see if she could cut it. 
Any doubts I may have had vanished with the opening bars of Misty - this, I told myself was going to be good and it was good - maybe as good as it gets except, as the night unfolded it got even better!
An original, Mood 3, The Girl From Ipanema, introduced in English, sung in Portuguese by a lady from Lithuania and much appreciated by a couple at my table who were from Norway!
Jazz - the international language.
Some might say that Cry me a River has been done to death. maybe, but tonight it got the kiss of life. This was the most incredible version ever - Julija's intermingling of song, spoken word, scat, gestures and facial expressions was pure jazz theatre. Away from the tear-jerking River, Cheek to Cheek bounced along nicely and the set ended with Love me or Leave me  
Nobody left!
Of course, this was a duo gig and Alan Law, deservedly accorded equal billing, maintained the standard he'd set at the previous night's Jazz Café Jam Session providing JJ with sympathetic support and superb solos when let off the leash.
Intermission time and I was pleased the Norwegian couple, Torgeir and Siri, were enjoying the show.
Apart from singing, Julija involves the audience with her in between numbers chat which made for a homely atmosphere
Second set opened up with All of Me before tenor sax man George Sykes blew on Take the A Train, Angel Eyes and It Don't Mean a Thing. The empathy between sax and voice on Angel Eyes was incredible for an unrehearsed number. George, incidentally, is looking for the opportunity to blow with a big band so if anyone knows of one he's a reader and a soloist.
Alan Law left to see a man about a dog so JJ sat at the keyboard and played a couple of choruses of Chick Corea's Spain followed by some Chopin (or maybe some other classical guy) - amazing.
The evening drew to a close with Alan back at the keys and the best Lithuanian singer I've ever heard in Newcastle stamping her brand on Mood Indigo. Upon reflection, I'm almost tempted to delete Lithuanian from that sentence.
A grand evening that deserved more support. Earlier, my new Norwegian friends who were staying nearby had gone out for a stroll, it being a rare balmy Spring evening, only to have their walk curtailed by the sign outside the pub saying 'Live Jazz Tonight'. End of walk.
For anyone out walking next Wednesday (April 25), it is Jam Session Night at the Dun Cow. Who knows, if you ask, the band may play Walkin' which will save you on foot leather!
Photos.
Lance.
PS: Watch this space for news on JJ's debut album.

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