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Today Wednesday January 22


Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Julija Jaceniate & Alexys de Alfaro - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).


Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Tom Rainey Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Air4ce - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 9:00pm. £TBC. Ginger Baker tribute featuring regional jazz & blues musicians.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, June 02, 2008


It was advertised as the Noel Dennis Quartet but, for some reason or other, Noel couldn't make it so his front line partner in "Splinter", stepped in and it became the Graham Hardy Quartet with Paul Edis (pno), Andy Champion (who else? on bass) and Adrian Tilbrook (dms); in effect the house rhythm section. The opening "Bye Bye Blackbird" showed a slight leaning towards early Miles with Graham playing some dazzling runs and Paul matching him every step of the way. A Clark Terry number, "In Orbit", which had a fine bowed solo by Andy, rounded off a fine first set.
"In Walked Bud" opened the second set explosively and I guessed Adrian wouldn't be using brushes much more. This was bop in the best Art Blakey/Clifford Brown tradition and everyone dug in deeply. The music just got better and better although I have to say it did falter a little on Strayhorn's "Star-Crossed Lovers". It could have been the fault of the tune which would have been heard to greater advantage had it been played earlier in the session. Still a small quibble in a superb set and no fours! One of my pet hates are those bands who have to have a round of fours at the end of every number. no such complaint tonight. Excellent.


Jazzaction said...

Hi Lance

Nice to see you once again at NEJC – I want to congratulate you on a very accurate (and speedy) review of last nights gig at the Side café. It’s not very often that a reviewer shows such a knowledge and understanding of the music and the mechanics of putting a performance together. You nailed it all, and I agreed with everything you wrote (even the brushes quip!).

Well done and keep it up.

I am going to put a link to you web site/blog on the front page of the Jazzaction site later today.

Lance said...

Thanks Adrian. a link on the JA website is like getting a mention in the Down Beat Poll.
Incidentally, visitors to the Jazz Action site should dip into Ric Walton's photo site which covers a lot of the gigs I missed at the time.