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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, May 30, 2013

CUSP @ The Cluny. May 28, 2013

Chris Bridges (trombone), Keith Phillips (guitar), Dave Tompkins (double bass) & Hugh Lawrence (drums)
(Review by Russell).
The quartet CUSP are the duo String and Bone - Chris Bridges, trombone, and Keith Phillips guitar - augmented by the bass and drums pairing of Dave Tompkins and Hugh Lawrence. The band's debut CD all there is has stirred sufficient interest to make it worthwhile taking it on the road. The Cluny featured on the itinerary. 
The low attendance could, perhaps, be explained away by reference to the half term holiday, the close proximity to the Evolution Festival staged over the long bank holiday weekend, the 'summer' weather, a crowded north east jazz calendar or the inescapable fact that CUSP aren't household names. A combination of factors seems most likely in explaining the disappointing turn out. 
Keith Phillips is an exponent of seventies-style fusion guitar playing. The guitarist's tune Metanoia exemplified his approach; assured pyrotechnics, lyricism intact. Frontline partner Chris Bridges has wide ranging credits on the free scene including Evan Parker and Paul Dunmall. One observer at the Jazz North East Schmazz gig suggested the big 'bone blasts were out of Hannabiell Sanders' book. True, there was a similarity, also think Gary Valente and you'll get an idea of where Bridges is at. 
The Cake Lie (good guitar/drums exchange), In Dent, Wave Machine and Scragg were culled from the CD all there is and an older tune - Route 49 - gave every indication that CUSP will continue to develop and it would be good to hear them again. Dave Tompkins' bass playing was fine although he was over-amplified on the evening and drummer Hugh Lawrence's busy style powered the band across two sets. 
Russell.

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