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Today Wednesday June 19

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Alexys de Alfaro & Julija Jacenaite - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. 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.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues

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.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Alan Glen Trio @ The Cherry Tree Restaurant

Alan Glen (pno), John Pope (bs), David Carnegie (dms).
If you haven't listened to Alan, David and John playing The Way You Look Tonight whilst savouring Duck Croquettes with Pickled Plums then your life is incomplete.
The Duck was my starter but the boys had kicked off earlier with a nice steady If I Should Lose You followed by that eternal quest to discover the depth of the ocean done in a most rhapsodic fashion.
Green Dolphin Street and an Autumn Leaves that didn't hang about signalled the entrance of the Duck Croquette. After The Way You Look Tonight, All Blues and Woody'n You saw the set out. It had been a good one - Alan at the baby grand is another dimension again.
The time between sets was spent putting my lips around Chicken Nicoise that had been grilled to perfection although the ill-fated bird may have disagreed (my apologies to vegetarians for making light.)
Delicious.
Equally mouthwatering was All of You after which Alan introduced the band to the audience and even threw in a couple of gags before going into You Don't Know What Love Is followed by Four.
Time After Time had a beautiful exploratory first chorus - just solo piano - before David and John picked it up.
Speak Low was as smooth as the Chocolate Créme Brulee, Cherry Financier.
One of Alan's originals - Country Member gently rocked whilst Love Letters owed nothing to Ketty Lester!
Sanity prevailed in What's New? before David was let loose on Something Borrowed Something Blue an original inspired by a Hampton Hawes tune hence the borrowed part of the title.
This was a good gig in front of a decent sized audience most of whom stayed on after the final glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pacifico Sur had been downed.
If you like good food and good music it's the only game in town.
The trio play The Chilli this Wednesday and David's Extreme Measures are at The Bridge on Sunday.
Lance.
Next week it's the Paul Edis Trio with Chris Hibbard on trombone.

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