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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.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Alan Barnes @ The Traveller's Rest, Darlington - Feb 8

Alan Barnes (alto sax, baritone sax, clarinet); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
(Review by Russell)

Opus 4 Jazz Club's February concert attracted a full house. And little wonder, with Alan Barnes on the premises! The hugely popular reeds virtuoso enjoys his annual visit to the Traveller's Rest and this Friday evening engagement, working once again with pianist and good friend Paul Edis, would prove to be no different. 

As Barnes announced the first number - Joy Spring - long-time supporter Dennis arrived, waving regally to one and all. Our guest star is a master of side-splitting one-liners, add straight man Dennis to the equation and you've got the makings of a memorable night of superb jazz and hilarious repartee. From alto on Clifford Brown's well-loved number - with a cheering audience behind him all the way - to the first of several baritone features on Time After Time, the evening was shaping up as a Gig of the Year contender. 

Jobim's late-fifties bossa A felicidade found Barnes switching to clarinet on a number which featured towering contributions from Edis and drummer Russ Morgan, the latter showing how it's done with brushes and hands, exemplary musicianship. More clarinet on In a Sentimental Mood* with scribbled notes referring to Edis' 'perfect' solo and a further note - 'wow!' - pertaining to Andy Champion's imperious bass playing. 

The interval: a dash to the downstairs' bar, the queue a mile long. On the tv, Aston Villa 0 Sheffield United 3, with little more than fifteen minutes to go, game over.** Another pint of Young's more than acceptable American-style IPA, the raffle, better luck next time, then back to Mr A Barnes with the Paul Edis Trio. 

Cole Porter's Everything I Love, replete with quotes, resumed matters with Opus 4's guest once again grappling with his baritone sax. Sticking with the big beast, Barnes and co-found themselves On Green Dolphin Street. No strolling here, this was an eyeballs-out sprint to the finish. Absolutely brilliant, the journey from Newcastle had been more than worthwhile...as if it had been in any doubt!

In suggesting Detox Ahead as an alternative title to Johnny Frigo's Detour Ahead, Barnes mused, for a nanosecond, on the possibility of a detox before summarily dismissing such a nonsensical idea!  
    
Cedar Walton recorded Bolivia with Bob Berg, Sam Jones and Billy Higgins. Well, here in the Cockerton suburb of Darlington, Messrs Barnes, Edis, Champion and Morgan were more than a match for the illustrious Americans. To close a memorable evening Barnes conducted a straw poll. By popular demand, a blues won out. The late-night journey home was a 'cloud nine' affair. 

* Earlier in the day Barnes listened to a recording of Lucky Thompson on alto playing In a Sentimental Mood and decided to include Ellington's number in the evening's set list.

** Three Aston Villa goals in the last eight minutes secured an unlikely point for the home team. 
Russell

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