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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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Moonlighting in Vermont (Hotel)

Claire Kelly (vcl); Mark Williams (gtr).
Make no mistake about it - Ms Kelly is no longer the up and coming talent chasing her peers. Claire is moving ever closer to the front runners as tonight's set at the Vermont Hotel proved.
It wasn't easy despite having the best possible accompanist in guitarist Mark Williams alongside her.
It was a noisy environment - emanating from the mezzanine bar above. Their raucous laughter and loud conversations penetrated the room below threatening to destroy the delicate mood the duo created. To their credit it didn't faze them.
In truth there weren't that many in Martha's Bar where the gig was taking place which was a shame as the jazz world should have turned out en masse to encourage this girl who really is a comer.
Still, those of us who did make the effort enjoyed a choice selection of good tunes beautifully sung and beautifully played.
Lady Is A Tramp, I've Grown Accustomed To His Face, Stella By Starlight, Like Someone in Love, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Summertime, My Funny Valentine, West Coast Blues, Taking A Chance on Love, Love Me Or Leave Me were just some of the songs they laid down.
A lot of good singers are looking over their shoulders!
Lance.

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