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Today Friday March 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

CANCELLED!

Quay Quartet - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 7:30pm. £5.00. New band led by Callum Mellis.

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Crooners - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £22.50.(£20.00. concs).

Blues

Howlin' Rick & the Rocketeers - 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.

Monday, January 07, 2019

A Gala Performance, a Darlington Opus

PHOTOS (courtesy of Malcolm Sinclair).

County Durham correspondent Tony Eales filed a report on recent events in Durham and Darlington. On Friday lunchtime TE attended Durham's Gala Theatre to hear trumpeter Noel Dennis reprise his Tom Harrell project. 'Aurora' played to yet another full houseas Teesside-based Dennis (trumpet/flugelhorn) performed music associated with the revered American in the A-list company of Mark Williams, guitar, Andy Champion, bass, and drummer Russ Morgan. Zoë Gilby's voice and lyrics formed an integral part of the one hour set.

Later in the day Mark Williams and Russ Morgan made the short trip down to the Traveller's Rest in the Cockerton suburb of Darlington to rendezvous with bassist Paul Susans to play a gig at the long-running Opus 4 Jazz Club. Williams' trio played to a somewhat smaller audience* in the upstairs function room on West Auckland Road. The trio's setlist was, perhaps, a little different to the usual straight ahead, swinging fayre to be heard at Opus 4.  
Russell 
Next month's lunchtime concert (Friday 1 Feb) is guaranteed to sell out. The Paul Edis Trio: A History of Jazz Piano features pianist Edis working with Andy Champion and Russ Morgan in an entertaining and informative potted history of, as it says on the tin, the history of jazz piano. S/he who hesitates will be locked out at one o'clock on February 1. Don't delay, this one will sell out. Call the Gala's box office now: 03000 266 600.

** The Traveller's Rest is sure to be busy next month. The now annual appearance by Alan Barnes - on Friday 8 February - at the Opus 4 Jazz Club has become an immensely popular affair. Admission is £12, pay on the door. Don't be caught out, from now on doors open half an hour earlier at 7:30 with the first set starting at eight o'clock. And if, inexplicably, Barnes alone doesn't light your fire, then factor in the trio he'll be working with...Messrs Edis, Champion and Morgan. Yes, world-class jazz in Darlington at a bargain twelve quid. Start queuing now!       
Russell.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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