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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

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.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Frank Brooker @ Blaydon Jazz Club.

Frank Brooker (ten/clt/vcl); James Birkett (gtr); Mick Shoulder (bs); John Hirst (dms). + Bradley Johnston (gtr).
Sonnymoon for Two set the mood for this gentle romp down the centre of the jazz stream. with Brooker and Birkett proving the perfect foil for each other swinging along nicely through a latin tinged Out of Nowhere, There Will Never Be Another You, The Nearness of You and Swingin' The Berries the Emmett Berry tune that Berry recorded with Guy Lafitte back in the '50s. At one time it was the most requested tune on one of the BBC jazz programmes or so the late Alex Roberts once told me.
Mention of Lafitte is apt as Brooker is stylistically akin to the late French tenor man with his biggish sound and effortless swing.
Veteran campaigner that he is Brooker sailed through the changes as did Birkett who, tonight, was awesome.
After Hank Mobley's This I Dig of You brought the first set to a close Birkett remained on stage for a couple of duo numbers with Bradley Johnston one of his 16 year old students. I'd heard the duo at this year's Sage Festival so knew it would be good and it was! Spain, in fact, was sensational! Watch out for this young man.
Back to the main event and Broadway and Satin Doll as a Bossa kept things alive. Mick Shoulder soloed well and kept things anchored whilst John Hirst - inscrutable to the nth degree - played with taste and technique using mainly brushes.
There was more but the number 11 bus takes no prisoners so I had to reluctantly depart.
On the bus there was a party going on but I was about 50 years outside the age limit...
It had been a good night and even the walk from the Metro station in the precipitive downpour failed to dampen my spirits.
Lance.

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