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Today Wednesday November 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Scott Wall - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Evening

Jazz

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Levee Ramblers NOJB - Springwell Village Community Venue, Fell Road, Springwell, Gateshead NE9 7RP. 8:15pm. £3.00.

Blues/Folk

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Matt Schofield Trio + Sam Hare @ The Cluny. November 23

(Review by Russell).
Matt Schofield is touring his latest CD Ten From the Road. Forever on the road, the three-times winner of Best Guitar in the British Blues Awards, is playing a select few dates in the UK before heading for Europe. This Newcastle gig, booked into Cluny 2, moved upstairs into the main room such was the demand for tickets.
Schofield’s friend Sam Hare (guitar & vocals) opened the show with a short acoustic set of original tunes and a Freddie King number. Hare, a first time visitor to Tyneside, went down well with the expectant crowd. The place was buzzing, the beer (Harviestoun’s Bitter and Twisted) flowed, this was anything but a Schmazz (jazz) gig - there was a big crowd in! A standing gig (no time for preening of beards), the keen at the front ready to give it up for their idol.
Matt Schofield (guitar & vocals), Jonny Henderson (Hammond C3) & Evan Jenkins (drums) took to the stage without ceremony and went on to tear the place apart. Electric blues gigs hold little interest these days for this reviewer (there is invariably too much rock and too little blues). Schofield is the exception. The instrumentation is key - Jonny Henderson’s Hammond (sixteen years with Schofield, no bass player required) and the trio’s original drummer Evan Jenkins is back in the fold, albeit temporarily for these few gigs (Jenkins is on a busman’s holiday from his day job with pianist Neil Cowley).
It was like old times. Smokin’ blues played with elan. Tunes old and new (they’re on the new album recorded live in Colchester and Brighton twelve months ago) flew by - Live Wire (feat. Jenkins’ New Orleans’ marching band groove), See Me Through, Ear to the Ground, Dont Know What I’d Do (feat. Henderson’s Texas shuffle), Dreaming of You, Shipwrecked (quoting Day Tripper) - all featuring Schofield’s commanding vocals and guitar. What a band. The tightest trio. Most of the greats are dead and gone but Matt Schofield knows Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray and Jimi but best of all Schofield is his own man, a real showman.       
Russell.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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