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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.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Zoe Gilby Trio @ Great Exhibition of the North, Blackett Street, Newcastle - July 22

Zoe Gilby Trio: Zoe Gilby (vocals); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
A second day of jazz in the rather bizarre surroundings of a traffic free, artificial grass-carpeted playground on Blackett Street featured Zoe Gilby singing a selection of standards and original material. BSH made a dash by Metro from Whitley Bay to Monument in Newcastle city centre to catch a third and final set on Sunday afternoon. 
Keen listeners and the curious alike sat in deckchairs or lounged on the 'grass' to while away an hour or three with a nearby Greggs offering an al fresco fine dining option. The entire length of Blackett Street was closed to traffic yet this somewhat obvious fact didn't stop more than one bemused citizen asking when the next bus was due! Gilby's final set opened with Caravan - perhaps the bemused thought it was a new form of transport...Excuse me, does this camel train gan to Byker? 

Rhythm-a-ning prompted one inveterate jazz fan to think out loud...Has anyone here heard of Monk? The probable answer to her question being No! Similarly Now's the TimeWorld class playing ventured our inveterate one. No argument from your reviewer.

All of Me showcased Paul Edis' piano playing and the closing number - Harry Edison's Centrepiece - demonstrated Gilby's amazing vocal dexterity alongside Andy Champion's imperious bass playing. It had been a strange, Alice in Wonderland kind of day.   
Russell.

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