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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.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tales of the Unexpected: Dun Cow Jam Session - April 25

Whitney Balliett famously called jazz The Sound of Surprise which indeed it often is and not just by the music but also by the unexpected appearance of a jazz legend in a neighbourhood club or bar.
Back in the 1960s, members of the Basie Band paid an unexpected visit to Newcastle’s, now long gone, Downbeat Club after a City Hall concert and jammed with the Emcee Five. Harry Connick Jr. sat in at the old Jazz Café and, on another occasion, Wynton Marsalis called in.
Eric Delaney visited Rosie’s and the New Crown in South Shields and sat in (on snare drum) at the Porthole in North Shields. George Wein was impressed by what he heard at Blaydon Jazz Club (Paul Edis Trio) and Sting made an unexpected visit to Hoochie Coochie just last year; an event that made the Nationals for all the wrong reasons!
Sting wasn’t present at the Dun Cow in Jesmond last night (although his Aunt Mary was) however, American singer, pianist and occasional songwriter, Daryl Sherman made a surprise appearance. Daryl, heading south from Edinburgh, was staying locally and the word had got on to the grapevine that she might show which she did and sat in for a couple of numbers – In a Mellow Tone with George Sykes on tenor and You Turned the Tables on me with Dan Garel on alto.
Jam sessions, irrespective of how good the solos are, invariably end in chaos. Even the most famous jams of them all – Norman Granz’s JATP concerts were not immune as the records prove. To some, it’s part of the impromptu charm of a jam session. Not so with Daryl, the ending of Tables was so well choreographed by our visitor that you’d have thought they’d spent all day rehearsing it!
I know I’ve said this before but it always seems appropriate – DS I (we) Love You.
It had been a good evening all-round with the aforementioned Garel blowing some superb alto, George Sykes proving a suitable foil on tenor and Chris Gurgi-Smith once again blowing fine trombone.
John Bradford sat in on drums, took solos and exchanged fours as well as keeping time – a name to look out for.
There was a rare appearance by Kay Usher on electric violin who delighted the audience with a swinging Out of Nowhere and The Girl From Ipanema.
On the vocal front, apart from Daryl, Jenny Kanellea set the pace with Why Don’t You Do Right? and the multi-titled Day in the Life of a Fool. Kate O’Neill sang It Might as Well be Spring and Almost Like Being in Love and Alice Grace gave us Bye Bye Blackbird and Devil May Care which Daryl reminded us was written by Bob Dorough who died on Monday.
It has to be said that all of the singers, Daryl included, weren’t done any favours by the sound system.
Not surprisingly, the home team of Alan, Paul and Russ were their usual solid selves. Daryl being particularly impressed by Alan.
Next week it’s Ruth Lambert and Stuart Collingwood doing a duo set.
I should also mention that, apart from the music, the pub has a selection of cask ales and a tempting menu that is served from 11am to 9pm
Lance.

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