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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 24, 2009

Compassionate Dictatorship at the Cluny

Tori Freestone (ten/sop), Jez Franks (gtr), Jasper Holby (bs), Ben Reynolds (dms).
The Cluny invariably reminds me of a Parisian jazz cellar, I don't know why. It's not a cellar, it's not in Paris and sometimes the jazz content is tenuous to say the least.
I'm pleased to say tonight wasn't one of those occasions. How could it be when the two major players, Tori and Jez, graduated from and now teach at Leeds College of Music? The standing of that seat of learning in the music world is beyond question and these two, along with Adam Hastings and the boys from Leeds in 'The Lad' last night, are amongst its most shining examples.
Tori and Jez both play in a contemporary manner without straying too far into uncharted waters. Indeed some of the finest moments came in what I took to be carefully rehearsed ensemble passages; if they weren't then they really are something else!
Jesper and Ben, despite being relatively subdued, nevertheless played their roles to perfection and all in all an enjoyable evening ensued with the highs outnumbering the lows. Come to think of it, there weren't any lows apart from a slight suggestion of blandness early on.
Lance.
PS: I know why the Cluny reminds me of Paris - the first band I heard there was the Roger Beaujolais Quartet...

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