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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. 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.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Big Band Rehearsal at New Crown

The opportunity to eavesdrop on a rehearsal can be a rewarding experience, rather like watching a blank canvas evolve into a rich tapestry. It can also lead to you witnessing some lost souls up a creek sans paddle.
The Customs House Big Band went public tonight at the New Crown in South Shields preparatory to next months back to back gigs at the Customs House itself and I'm pleased to say they had paddles in abundance.
I'm not going to take away the 'Sound of Surprise' by revealing the actual numbers rehearsed. It will surely suffice for me to say that big band lovers are in for a treat.
Powerhouse brass, balanced saxes and a tight rhythm section. Add an MD controlling the dynamics and you have a very palatable recipe.
At the Customs House, Ruth Lambert will be taking care of the vocals and if you ain't heard Ruth with a big band behind her then, to coin a well worn, but nevertheless appropriate, phrase, 'you ain't heard nothin' yet'!
The band is on at the Customs House, South Shields on 24/25 March.

3 comments :

russell said...

Hi Lance

I remember the New Crown being the South Tyne Jazz Club's old haunt.

Do you know when the big band's next rehearsal night is ?

Russell

Lance said...

April I believe.

Anonymous said...

The open rehearsals are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month, resuming on April 7th

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