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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, February 07, 2011

The Safe Sextet (all five of them) @ The Bridge

Don Forbes (tpt), John Rowland (ten), Alan Law (pno), John Hedley (bs), Steve Doyle (dms).
From the Jazz Café to the Bridge is but a short walk and, as I dodged the taxi cabs around the Central Station, I reflected that, having just heard Alan Law at the JC I was soon to be hearing him again.
This, the Safe Sextet, is a cracking band and their revival of Emcee 5 classics such as The One That Got Away and John O'Groats is to be commended.
Let's face it, The Emcee 5 were as good as, if not better than any modern band in Britain at the time (early '60.s) and quite a few in the world.
It was a good gig with Alan Law absolutely on top form - his warm-up session at the Jazz Café no doubt contributing. Having said that, it's a good band all round with Don Forbes playing some nicely formulated solos and John Rowland blowing some Gonsalvesian tenor.
The rhythm section cooked with surprise bassist John Hedley and Stevie Doyle keeping things tight.
A decent sized audience too.
Lance.

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