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Today Tuesday February 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Acoustic Infusion w Ray Dales - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00.

Abbie Finn Trio - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB. Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations). Hexham Jazz Club.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

London Jazz Festival - David Sanborn/Joey DeFrancesco. Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre.

David Sanborn (alt); Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond/tpt/vcl); Byron Landham (dms). Denise ?(vcl).
Alex Wilson (pno); Davide Mantovani (bs); Frank Tontoh (dms).
Matt Roberts Big Band.
This was one helluva gig! Pure blues and good old rock and roll with David Sanborn soaring way above where altos dare to fly. He was up there in the piccolosphere courtesy of some brilliant harmonics. When he returned to Earth for a blast on Basin Street Blues everyone in the packed hall went along with him (down the Mississippi).
Not that this was a one man show - DeFrancesco cranked up the Hammond and made it stonk! He did good on the pedals and even blew some Milesian muted trumpet whilst doing it! Oh and he sang/hollored Let The Good Times Roll. This was Louis Jordan territory and Sanborn and Joey cut it A+. Superb drummer whose name I didn't catch - difficult when the audience are clamouring for more - I think it was Byron Landham. For an encore a lady from St. Louis, resplendent in a gold lamé outfit scored with Everyday I Have The Blues - Joe Williams never looked this flamboyant!.
Earlier the Alex Wilson Trio opened the show with an impressive Cuban based set.
Even earlier, in the foyer, the Matt Roberts Big Band blew up a storm with some great arrangements and modern, contemporary soloists. They also had the sexiest trombone player this side of Mark Nightingale - sorry Mark it was no contest! (Emma Bassett pictured right.)
Lance.

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