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Today Sunday June 16

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.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Trio Riot @ The Bridge Hotel. November 11

Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone), Mette Rasmussen (alto saxophone) & David Meier (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae lives in Macclesfield, alto saxophonist Mette Rasmussen lives in Trondheim and drummer David Meier lives in Zurich. All three get together rarely and on those rare occasions it’s a riot - Trio Riot, you might say.
The Bridge Hotel audience heard composed pieces rehearsed and committed to memory with the trio having some fun on improvised sections, returning to the head and ending on a succession of entertaining stop-time tom foolery.

Lala-Lala (comp. Meier), Bridge Ballad (named on the night – it has a different title each time it is played!) and Da Da Da Da Da Da Da (or something like that) were commendably brief (John Zorn brevity on occasion). Brevity, humour and searing solo work - Rasmussen’s upper register playing a highlight on Guru - characterised an excellent opening set. An improvisation on Joy Division’s Disorder was picked up by a perceptive listener at the beginning of the second set followed by a fast and furious I’m So Glad It Wasn’t Me (comp. Rasmussen). One of the few pieces demanding the dots be read - Bartstock (comp. Meier) - featured the composer and Rasmussen’s alto in a thrilling exchange. Rasmussen’s Candid confirmed first impressions that her alto playing placed her in the premier league of young improvisers.
A good gig courtesy of Splinter and Jazz North East. Next week - Sunday 18th November – Splinter presents the Paul Baxter Quartet. If you like more straight ahead stuff then this is the gig for you (there is a cracking alto player in the band). Make the effort, its just six quid to get in and the beers are tip-top.
Russell               

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