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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 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.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival: The Riviera Quartet - June 2

Pete Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Pete Tanton’s Riviera Quartet made a return visit to Empty Shop to play a gig at this year’s DJazz weekend. Bassist John Pope wasn’t available on the night so Tanton gave Andy Champion a call. You could say that was a good move. 35c Framwellgate Bridge was full to overflowing to hear the amiable American play trumpet, lots of flugelhorn, and sing. Yes, Pete Tanton sings! The Rivieras offer something different, serious chops, yes, but, more than that, a distinctive sound, all the more distinctive with the recent addition of Tanton’s sweet vocals.

It was late last year at Empty Shop that BSH encountered an example of the ‘sound of surprise’ – Pete Tanton’s vocals. A plaintive, wistful quality to his vocals, they are, at risk of mixing metaphors, another string to the trumpeter’s bow. Tanton and guitarist Mark Williams are the Rivieras’ principal composers and on this festival gig, the set list was drawn from the band’s recently released CD.

Turf War (a waltz), Barbados (if only!) with Tanton’s lyrical flugelhorn leading the way, the level of musicianship exhibited by all four musicians of the highest order. Lately I’ve Been Lonely (Tanton the wistful vocalist can only be Johnny Lonely, the eponymous character in the American’s highly readable novel). In the same vein, You Don’t Smile Anymore. Once heard, try getting the lyric out of your head. Depping bassist Andy Champion couldn’t have been more at home, fitting in as if he was a founding member of the band. The Riviera Quartet’s gigs are few and far between. Be sure to check them out.  
Russell.               

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