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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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Lickety Split @The Globe - July 22

Callum Mellis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Alan Marshall (alto); Paul Gowland (tenor); Eddie Bellis (trombone); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Jeremy McMurray (keyboards); Alan Rudd (bass); Paul Wight (drums) 
(Review by Russell)
Eddie Bellis' West Coast-style eight-piece band was playing its second gig in two days having fulfilled an engagement at the newly reopened Spanish City. The Jazz Co-op's Globe HQ on Railway Street, Newcastle welcomed the return of Eddie and the boys and this evening there was a new face in the line-up - Lambton Big Band MD, trumpeter Callum Mellis.
Blue Monk opened the first set and who should impress from the off? Callum Mellis, that's who! The young trumpeter has clearly benefitted from his time studying at Sage Gateshead and he more than held his own in the company of senior, seasoned musicians. 

SanduSoul Leo (Mellis again, Bradley Johnston prominent), bassist Alan Rudd laying down All Blues, a familiar setlist but none the worse for that, the playing assured, the audience enjoying the evening. Lift Off (the performance had already taken off) and Four closed out the first set.

The band exited through a side door to take the air on a hot and humid evening. Milonga dancers occupied the first-floor room, that must have been a hot and sweaty session...all part of the fun! 

Groovin' High reached ever greater heights thanks to a blistering tenor solo from Paul Gowland and just at the right juncture Lickety Split's easy going bandleader, trombonist Eddie Bellis, called Stolen Moments. Oliver Nelson's instantly recognisable composition could be thought of as Lickety Split's signature tune and when the band comes to record an album it will surely be at the heart of it. The octet excelled, not least drummer Paul Wight's use of brushes, Mellis' impressive flugelhorn work and Alan Rudd's time keeping all good stuff. 

Lickety Split's gigs are few and far between so when the next one comes along make the effort, you won't be disappointed.   
Russell

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