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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.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Paul Baxter Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel. November 18

Paul Baxter (double bass), Tom Harrison (alto saxophone & flute), Tom Taylor (keyboards) & Jon Ormston (drums)
 (Review by Russell). 
Darkish, a darkish tune opened the set.Tom Harrison’s biting alto set the tone with the spirit of Coltrane in the air. Pianist Tom Taylor sketched out Monuments and Harrison eagerly stretched the canvas. The musicians clearly enjoyed one another’s company - a smile, a joke - with Baxter anything but the task master. The material was, for the most part, the bandleader’s, yet the standard My Foolish Heart stood out; intense alto, a beautiful piano part, measured bass playing and sensitive percussion from Jon Ormston. 
A chart by Egberto Gismonti saw altoist Harrison switch briefly to flute resulting in the one occasion in which the sound balance was less than perfect. No such problems on  A To and a Fro (Tales from the Lane) and A Day in June - these were open pieces inviting near free form explorations. If Peggy Knew What Happened To featured the talented   Tom Taylor and the man at the keys excelled on the closing number Loads More Blues, as did alto star Harrison, likewise bass man Baxter and drummer Jon Ormston had some fun with a solo before Harrison’s alto took it home. 
This was another good Splinter gig. One thing…where was the audience? Was Charlie Parker on the telly? Well, whatever, you missed a damn fine alto player, indeed a damn fine band. Maybe next time…and make ‘next time’ next week - Sunday November 25 – when there is an intriguing double bill of Sonsale and the Tom Gibbs Quartet. Splinter has joined forces with Jazz North East to present a world premiere performance by Sonsale featuring four musicians, three of whom are known to Tyneside audiences. Gateshead lad (and Splinter supremo) Andy Champion hooks up once more with vibes star Corey Mwamba in a collaboration with two leading French musicians – the brilliant drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq and Valentin Ceccaldi (cello). The other half of the bill features pianist Tom Gibbs with Will Vinson (alto) and the bass and drums pairing of Euan Burton and James Maddren. Make a note – the session starts half an hour earlier than usual at 7:30 pm.      
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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