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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, February 02, 2011

Customs House Big Band @ The New Crown, South Shields. 1st February

First Tuesday in the month is the regular rehearsal night for the Customs House Big Band in the function room of the New Crown Hotel. The large public house overlooks the North Sea, offers a small selection of good beers (on this occasion Marston's EPA went down well) and the duty manager simply allows the band to get on with it.
MD Peter Morgan welcomed the return of Gordon Marshall to the trumpet section and sitting alongside him was none other than veteran Dixielander Alan Smith. The first hour saw Morgan put the band through its paces in clinically dissecting Gordon Gooodwin's High Maintenance. This was a bar by bar examination of the tune - ''from bar 17''...''take it from the first crotchet at bar 69'' and so on. This was a fascinating insight into the preparatory work undertaken by a big band prior to concert performance.
Ruth Lambert, the band's vocalist, was on hand to run through a few numbers including The Man I Love, Love For Sale, Alright,Okay,You Win and a winning version of At Last. Altoist Jill Brett played some siren alto on Jazz Police and all the sections were up to scratch throughout the evening.
The next rehearsal night is on Tuesday 1st March (7:30 pm) and with free admission what more could you want? Stay tuned to Bebop Spoken Here for news of the band's forthcoming performances in Sunderland and Blaydon. Russell .

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