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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.

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Sunday, March 04, 2012

A day in the life of a ...

...... Derby Day - that dreaded day in the calender when the soccer teams of Sunderland and Newcastle confront each other in a sporting fixture. The "game" had started at noon (how appropriate!) and I knew that it had ended in a 1 - 1 draw with both sets of hooligans - sorry I meant fans - claiming moral victory.
Sorry if I seem less than enthusiastic about the Beautiful Game, because it is beautiful, 'cept...the fans do  nothing to promote that image
Like I got on the bus and the driver told me to be careful where I sat as a passenger had "Spewed up". Now here I am being presumptive and it may have actually been the local Priest OD-ing on the Communion wine rather than a fan who'd been watching it in the pub.
Even in the Jazz Café drunks had infiltrated - hopefully they enjoyed the superb bebop lines that Gilligan/Forbes and Grainger laid down.
I made my way to the Bridge Hotel, thankful of a strong police presence on the street. Even here, in the bar, it was like open day at The Asylum and I was thankful for the sanctity of the upper room where the James Mainwaring Quartet (James Mainwaring (tenor sax); Nik Svarc (guitar); Michael Bardon (bass); Joost Hendricks (drums)had travelled up from Leeds to perform for another pitifully small number of enthusiasts.
However, given the conditions outside, perhaps the poor attendance can be understood.
This is a hard blowing combo that pushes the boundaries without breaking them. Mainly original material - significantly mixed with a Joe Henderson tune - Mainwaring blows paint-stripping tenor not unlike some of Henderson's work whilst Svarc's guitar playing is from the same genre perhaps tarred with a coat of Methany. For a small band they get a big sound  worthy of a bigger audience.
I only stayed for the first set but that was no reflection on the music more the desire for a safe passage home!
Photos.
Lance.

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