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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.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Eric Boeren Quartet @ Side Café (Feb 6) + Workshop @ N'cle Uni. (Feb 7). Report by Russell Corbett

A UK exclusive appearance by Eric Boeren's free jazz group in Newcastle proved to be a resounding success. The ''House Full'' signs went up yet it didn't deter the masses. Fans chose to sit on the staircase to listen rather than be turned away. Seeing the musicians is a crucial component at any gig but I think it is particularly important in an improv context - witnessing the anticipation and spontaneity of the musicians as they react to the ''instant composition'' that is free jazz.
Jazz fans who like to discern a tune would, perhaps, have been pleasantly surprised, at least in part, at what was to be heard down by the riverside. The two-set performance was book-ended by Mingus-like numbers, propelled along by the great double bassist Wilbert de Joode. In between there was Ornette Coleman,not in person, but certainly in spirit. Boeren (trumpet and cornet) captured the essence of Ornette and in tandem with the larger than life figure of reeds (and ukulele) man Sean Bergin took off in other directions. The fourth member of the outfit, a quiet, witty man with the demeanour of an institutionalised civil servant (no offence meant to those at Longbenton, I did time there myself before winning parole) was German drum maestro Paul Lovens. He and de Joode instigated ideas every bit as much as the ''front line''-a somewhat redundant term in this most democratic, creative, visceral music.
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The next day, bleary eyed, it was time to move on up to the outskirts of town to participate in or simply listen to a workshop conducted by the Boeren Quartet. Newcastle University's Bennett Hogg kindly hosted the event.
Students duly arrived with instruments at the ready and despite snow flakes in the air and no heating in the institute of learning everyone was keen and willing. Two hours flew by and the students having listened and played were, I'm sure,wiser for the experience. It was nice to see familiar faces - Tenth Avenuers & the ubiquitous John Pope - at both the Friday night gig and at the Saturday morning workshop.
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Jazz North East's On the Outside programme continues in the somewhat grander location of the Sage as part of the Gateshead Jazz Festival. The date for your diary is Friday March 20. It is a double bill featuring John Coxon, Pat Thomas and Mark Sanders and a debut performance by ION. Three reasons to be there...1) it will be great, 2) if you ain't heard Pat Thomas you're in for a treat, 3) ION. The recently formed local Improvisers Orchestra of the North deserve every encouragement and support.
Russell

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