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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.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Good Vibes at the Chilli

I set out for the Tyneside Irish Centre at Gallowgate and ended up at the Chilli Arms in Heaton--sounds like the opening lines to a blues song!
My intention was to hear Melanie O'Reilly who reportedly sings Celtic Jazz. However, for reasons too complicated to explain, although I got to within sight of its pearly gates, I had a last minute change of mind and so ended up at the Chilli.
This turned out to be a wise (weisser?) move as, unlike last week when frontliners were prominent by their absence, tonight as well as Dave W on trumpet, flugel and vox humana, we also had John Rowland on tenor, Darren Grainger on alto and Laurie Brown on vibes.
They were swinging like a well-oiled gate on "Jumping with Symphony Sid" when I arrived, and "Taking the A Train" when I left. Numbers in between included, a nice "Yardbird Suite", "Blue Skies", "Au Privave" and "Autumn Leaves".
As well as vibing, Laurie also took over the drum chair for a couple of numbers.
The penultimate number, "Moonglow" was perhaps the only let down being dragged out for a little too long; "Moonglow" was no "Picnic".
Apart from that an excellent night.

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