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Paul Edis: "One of the regulars at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - 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.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

What A Day This Has Been... Singin' The Blues in Manchester - Fusionhead @ The Bridge.

Roz Sluman (alt/ten/vcl); Nick Rimmer (keys); Alex Green (bs); Kenny Reed (dms).
The day had begun with football, not a subject we digress upon too much. However, today was special for Manchester, Newcastle (faintly) and Sunderland. At the end of the day Man City won the plaudits and it was Man U who were "Singin' The Blues" - Newcastle didn't make the Champions League and Sunderland didn't make the Top Ten.
Never mind - there is always next year...
So, to the music which, at the end of the day, supercedes overpaid foreigners kicking a ball around.
Fusionhead, tonight's Splinter/JNE headliners, play funky jazz with a solid 1970's feel. "I was there" we cried as the band stormed into a number reminiscent of yore.
Sluman plays for keeps - her alto playing strips the paint from the ceiling reminding us of Hank Crawford with maybe just a grain of Sand(born) added to the recipe.
On tenor the lady from Cumbria cries out musically that this is how they walk the bar in Downtown Carlisle!.
Vocally she gets the feel and conveys it well. With a solid rhythm section behind the band rocked and rolled, funked and souled. This was music aimed at the feet rather than the mind - Hoochie Coochie material perhaps?
Lance.

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