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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

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

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - 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).

Evening

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

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Alan Glen - A Tough Act To Follow But Not Impossible.

Alan Glen (pno), Lawrence Blackadder (bs), David Carnegie (dms).
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Dave Weisser (tpt), Eddie Bellis (tmb), Claude Werner (ten), Nicola (bar), Barry Ashcroft (pno), Robin Douthwaite, James (gtr), Stuart Davies (bs), Eric Stutt (dms).
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The monthly visit by the Alan Glen Trio to The Chillingham is always a cause for celebration and particularly so tonight when the emphasis was on bebop. This was an absolute gem of a set with "Bud's Bubble", "Yardbird Suite", "Blue Monk", "Loverman" just some of the 52nd Street anthems that hit the spot. Such dexterity and creativity should be bottled and sold or at least laid down on CD. As ever, Lawrence and David, held it all together and soloed with imagination. As good a set as I've yet to hear - and the night wasn't over!
It wasn't over but the AG Trio set a pretty high bench mark and an anti-climax looked likely.
Wrong!
Enter Claude Werner. The Chilean tenor player is as flamboyant a player as there is and he blew his brains out on "Whisper Not". On "Beautiful Love" Claude was, by his standards, restrained. By anyone else's ...
The brief blast on "Anthropology" at the end lost nothing by it's brevity with Dave Scatting and Claude shooting tenor at around sixty times the speed limit on the M1. It jumped!
There were other moments to relish - Nicola blowing some nice baritone, Eddie Bellis on trombone and Stuart, Eric, Robin on guitar, and Barry in the engine room. Later, James sat in on guitar and had a couple of good solos.
Earlier, prior to the entry of the gladiators, Dave sang a tasty version of "God Bless The Child".
One of the better ones.
Lance
PS: I hope I got Claude's name right this time round. Best check it out on his new CD "Thoughts and Recollections" of which more later...

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