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Today Sunday June 16

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Zoe Gilby Quartet @ The Cherry Tree

Zoe Gilby (vcl), Mark Williams (gtr), Andy Champion (bs), Richard Brown (dms).
The trio kicked off with Straight No Chaser - I kicked off with a bottle of Black Sheep also straight no chaser. Both put me in the mood for what was to follow.
In Zoe's case this was Come's Love in mine it was Marinated Squid with Olives, Heritage Tomatoes and Basil Dressing.
Both were delightful starters.
All or Nothing At All, one of Frank's early hits with the James Band, sounded good and it was nice to hear it again. As Time Goes By brought back memories of Casablanca although, by this time my attention was diverted by the huge pile of Steamed Mussels with Smoked Bacon served in a sauce of Belgium Wheat Beer and, of course, frites that was placed before me.
Other musical moments included Squeeze Me, Caravan and a strange mixture of I'm Beginning To See The Light and When Lights Are Low that somehow worked.
It had been a good first set but, like most Cherry Tree gigs, the real fireworks explode in the second half.
Stella By Starlight by the trio got the ball rolling with Mark Williams excelling - does he ever do otherwise?
Zoe then gave us some worldly wisdom in The Lieber and Stoller classic originally written for Peggy Lee - Some Cats Know. The gently insinuating lyric, I'm sure, got under the surface of most red blooded males present.
An up tempo blast on Cheek To Cheek was taken at such a lick I defy anyone to sing it faster!
When I indulged my taste-buds with a bowl of Gratinated Summer Fruits with Mascarpone Sorbet I couldn't help but think of the opening line to Berlin's tune - Heaven, I'm in Heaven...
I Didn't Know What Time it Was also hit the spot.
Peel Me A Grape, I Only Have Eyes For You, One Note Samba, Secret Love and the encored Lady Is a Tramp - another tear-up - made for another great evening at the Cherry Tree and another fine performance by Mrs Champion to be. As mentioned, Mark was at the top of his game with Andy and Richard providing the underpinnings - as well as the occasional solo.
Lance.

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