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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 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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

King Bees @ Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival - April 13

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, vocals); Dominic Hornsby (piano, guitar, vocals); Simon Hedley (double bass); Giles Holt (drums) + lots of beer!
(Review by Russell)
The blues band of the moment, a Friday night out at the 42nd Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival, you can’t go wrong, can you? A raised corner stage, a modest PA system, the crowd drinking like there was no tomorrow and with WWIII likely to break out at any time what better way to go?! The King Bees took to the stage with commemorative festival beer glasses in hand (a drinking band – hurrah!) ready to play the best South Side Chicago blues east of, well, Chicago!

I don’t know, man, I just don’t know sang harmonica frontman Scott Taylor with resignation. Yeah! This is the band of the moment. A young band keeping the blues’ flame burning, these guys have the thing down; sharp and not so sharp suits, the hardware (see photo of Scott Taylor’s harmonica case), a detached, distracted look, all the while playing the blues as it should be played. My Babe, Jimmy Rogers’ Walking by Myself with Michael Littlefield’s spot-on guitar playing, the Northumbria Students’ Union venue packed with beer-ticking imbibing souls, it didn’t take long for some of them to turn an ear to what was going down in the far corner of the hall.

Kansas City got them up dancing, Caldonia kept them dancing. Phew! Time for a break, time for a refill. Breweries from all parts were represented at this year’s festival; Cornwall’s brews went down well, as did several others, but the top beer, as far as your blues correspondent is concerned, was brewed nearby at Newcastle University’s student run microbrewery. The informative notes read ‘A pale amber colour, bursting with Citra, Centennial, Chinook, and three types of Cascade including hops we grew ourselves at the University.’ The beer – Cascade Diagram (5.5%) from Stu Brew.

Beer in hand, back to the blues. Otis Rush, with Scott Taylor imploring Sit Down Baby. The tune of the night, sung by Taylor, was Tight Dress. From one harmonica player to another, this was Taylor tipping his hat to George ‘Harmonica’ Smith. Taylor’s mean-eyed vocals hit the bull’s eye:   

Hey you, you with the tight dress on. Hey you, you with the tight dress on.
Well, you’re a fine looking woman, don’t make me leave my home.                    

The temptation was there. King Bees closed their set with Got My Mojo Working. They’re the band of the moment, catch them at Billy Bootleggers, first Friday in the month, on stage nine o’clock and it’s free admission.
Russell        

   

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