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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, April 02, 2012

Frith Street @ The Cherry Tree.

Zita Frith (vcl); Phil Richardson (pno/feet); Lloyd Wright (gtr); Ian Paterson (bs); David Francis (dms).
Frith Street come into jazz via the cabaret entrance which makes them ideal Cherry Tree material.
Ms. Frith opened up with The Way You Look Tonight which I re-titled, in the chef's honour, as The Way You Cook Tonight after sampling his Bang Bang Chicken Salad. It was delicious and is of Chinese origin. I actually thought it may been a reference to pianist Richardson who taps his feet with such force I feared that the stage might collapse. Having said that, he does some nice things with his hands getting a good groove going behind the singer.
Alright OK You Win, Georgia on my Mind, Anthony Newley's The Candyman Cometh, There Will Never Be Another You and Nice Work If You Can Get It. This latter title seemed particularly apt as, at the time, I was devouring Confit Belly Pork, Spiced Red Cabbage, Pear and Apple Purée.
Other songs included Let's Face The Music And Dance, The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B, Oasis' She's Electric, Girl From Ipanema (in Portuguese), Sway, It's a Man's World and several others all sung impeccably albeit with less abandon than at the band's recent Hoochie Coochie gig.
Vanilla Panna Cotta with Hedgerow Berries was as tasty as Lloyd Wright's guitar playing - we could have done with a little more of the latter delicacy.  In the Engine Room Ian Paterson and David Francis kept the others fuelled to make this a 'Street' that should be an 'Avenue',
As a plus for the management - every table was occupied tonight.
Lance.

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