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IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON

THURSDAY 24

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00pm - 10pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: Branded by Brass Jaw

Ryan Quigley (tpt); Paul Towndrow (alt); Konrad Wiszniewski (ten); Allon Beauvoisin (bar).
One of the highlights of this year's Gateshead Jazz Festival was the horn quartet - Brass Jaw.
They exploited the acoustics of the old St Mary's Church to their best advantage and I came away totally uplifted which, of course, is what you're supposed to do when you leave a church.
Ryan Quigley and Paul Towndrow could easily lay claim to being the UK's number one on their respective instruments with the other two not far behind.
However, one thought did stick - it's great live but, given the scope granted when performing quadrophonically in front of an enthusiastic audience, would it stand up on a cold winter's morn with only the ghosts of Christmas for company?
It stood up!
In fact the ghosts were dancing - no haunting for them this year.
Four great horn-players going off in four different directions yet never losing sight of each other. This is truly amazing music-making that sometimes combines arranged ensembles with solos that are conventional and sometimes free whilst at other times the ensembles remind me of the Art Ensemble of Chicago doing a Dixieland gig! Brass Jaw are avant garde yet still manage to remain within the bounds of convention - albeit boundaries that they themselves have extended.
Such is the strength of Allon B's baritone sax backing that the absence of a rhythm section as such isn't missed in the slightest.
14 of the 17 tracks are band originals the others being Rodger's and Hart's Little Girl Blue, John Lennon's Drive My Car and Frank Zappa's Peaches En Regalio.
This could be my Record of the Year!
Branded by Brass Jaw is officially released on Dec. 1, 2010 on Keywork Records.
It can be obtained from http://www.brassjaw.co.uk/.
Lance.

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