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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Breach @ Central Bar, Gateshead. November 8

Graeme Stephen (guitar & electronics), Paul Harrison (organ & electronics) & Chris Wallace (drums)
(Review by Russell)
There was an Englishman, a Scotsman and a Canadian…Breach cross borders geographically and musically. Touring the trio’s latest CD Borders gave them the excuse (none needed!) to carry out a border raid from their Edinburgh base. This was a welcome return to Tyneside for three first class musicians. Guitarist Graeme Stephen (the Scot) has developed into a readily identifiable voice moving imperceptibly from melodic swing to dense improvisations and back again across a few bars. Englishman Paul Harrison serves as the touchstone in the band. The classic Hammond sound anchored the band although the temptation to up-anchor and sail into uncharted waters proved irresistible from time to time. Canadian Chris Wallace bristled with technique but showed commendable restraint, simultaneously subservient and integral to the group sound. 
Tunes came from the first CD On the Walk and the new one - Borders – without much in the way of a hard sell from the band. There It Is, The City From the Window, Thirst, Nakendonsko (a traditional folk melody, arr. Stephen) and a particular highlight - Harumph (comp. Chris Wallace) -  made for two great sets. The one discordant note of the evening…the low turn-out. The no.27 bus (see review of Allsorts at Hoochie Coochie) should have dropped off a few passengers at the Central Bar for a pint – they would have heard some rather good jazz. If you’re in London tonight call into the Spice of LifeBreach have a London Jazz Festival date. Lucky Londoners!
Russell.
Editors note. Two Canadian jazz drummers performing within a mile of each other on a Thursday evening must be a first for Newcastle/Gateshead!             

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