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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

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

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

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

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

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, February 16, 2013

CD Review: Martin Wheatley - All Day Breakfast.

Hula Bluebirds: Martin Wheatley (gtrs/uke/bjo/vcl); Jake Rodriguez (gtr); Dave Croft (uke); 
Arcadians: Martin Wheatley (gtr/uke/vcl); Mike Piggott (vln/gtr); Tom Langham (gtr/vcl/uke); Roger Graham (bs);.
(Review by Lance.)
A lovely souvenir of last night's gig at the Customs House plus some gems by Wheatley's Arcadians.
A superb selection of songs familiar and otherwise. For anyone who loves that period between the wars when small group swing took over from the traditional New Orleans line-up and reigned supreme until  it was swamped by the big bands. Paradoxically, the big bands themselves often featured small group bands within a bad thus keeping the genre alive!
This is early Hot Club, Stuff Smith, Carl Kress, Teddy Bunn, Spirits of Rhythm, pre bop 52nd St. - this is the personification of swing!
Wheatley is a master of his craft, his acoustic playing a lesson in subtlety as well as demonstrating how to get the most out of a tune without pyrotechnics. Piggott too delivers the spirit of Grappelli but with the soul of Piggott..
Fascinating Rhythm has Wheatley on Hawaiian, Piggott on rhythm guitar and Langham on Uke - fascinating! Martin plays solo tenor guitar on Oh!  Varmeland, So Beautiful; banjo on Skylark; Stella By Starlight (on uke) and a mandolin based object - the Octaphone on Lullaby in Rhythm.
A gem of an album who like their jazz to be accessible, I'll be playing this very often.
Lance.
Martin Wheatley - All Day Breakfast is available here.

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