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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.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kit Downes Quintet @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 12 April


Kit Downes (piano), Calum Gourlay (double bass), James Maddren (drums), James Allsopp (tenor saxophone, clarinet & bass clarinet) & Lucy Railton (cello)
Bebop Spoken Here’s Hoochie Coochie Man chose to give the Lit & Phil a miss. Had he turned-up at Kit Downes’ gig he would have had to stand at the back of the room – it was busy! I can allay fears of the music heading in a direction other than some jazzers would wish. If you like the MJQ, if you like it acoustic, the Lit & Phil was the place to be! Pianist Downes began by saying how nice it was to be able to play an acoustic session in a place like the Lit & Phil. James Allsopp’s bass clarinet playing surprised many – as swinging and bluesy as you could wish to hear. – and he was no slouch on clarinet and tenor sax! Talented is the word. Bass and drums were as secure as could be; Calum Gourlay (an in demand bass player – Tommy Smith, Colin Steele) and drummer James Maddren were impeccable throughout. Maddren’s touch is quite something – a first call player, no question about it. The addition of cello worked well. Lucy Railton played it straight ahead and occasionally ‘out’. Fear not, this was nothing to frighten the horses corralled up the road at the Hoochie Coochie ranch. Indeed Downes’ inclusion of Schubert lieder worked wonderfully. So, two sets of exemplary acoustic jazz, a full room and all CDs on sale found new homes. Who said jazz isn’t like it used to be? Is the Lit & Phil the new Corner House? Whatever, this was a good night.
Russell      

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