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Wednesday 12: Happy Birthday Ros Rigby & Don Fairley.

Thursday 13: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free. OUTDOOR gig.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Alter Ego @ The Bridge Hotel. Sunday July 15.

Keith Robinson (alto saxophone), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone & flute), Alex Leathard (trombone), Andy Hawking (keyboards), Andy Champion (bass) & David Francis (drums)
Splinter at the Bridge booked bop sextet Alter Ego to close the current season of gigs prior to next week’s all day big bash finale. Blakey Blue Note bop, Latin and sambas formed the basis of two well balanced sets. Trombonist Alex Leathard, standing in for   the indisposed Dave Hignett (trumpet), handled the material with ease and made the  most of several solo spots. Johnny Griffin’s Nice and Easy featured contributions from Leathard, Niall Armstrong on tenor and Andy Hawking (keyboards). Armstrong impressed on flute, notably on Zee Kay 30. Andy Champion’s new five string fretless bass was given a good work-out with one or two most impressive solos thrown in for good measure. The set list included Art Blakey material and sure enough David Francis excelled, not least on the closer ETA. Alter Ego’s ensemble playing is a strength and each member of the sextet is a more than competent soloist. The audience appreciated their efforts…a shame therefore that so few people bothered to turn up. Next week get ready for a ten hour marathon. Arrive at noon, ensure the bar does good business, feel free to come and go throughout the day and enjoy some of the very best jazz you’re likely to hear in a month of Sundays. 12 noon, Sunday 22 July. All for £6.00.
Russell                 

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