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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Wild Flower Quintet @ Lit and Phil July 18.

Matt Anderson (tenor saxophone), Laura Jurd (trumpet), Jamil Sheriff (piano), Sam Vicary (double bass) & Dave Walsh (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo by Ken Drew.)
The music of Wayne Shorter, the music of Matt Anderson. The heat wave continued but it didn't deter a fair number turning out to hear Matt Anderson’s Wild Flower Quintet. One of the joys of this concert (there were many) was the entirely acoustic performance by the quintet, including double bassist Sam Vicary eschewing the use of his base amp, who confided during the interval that he was having to work his instrument that little bit harder. 
JG and Burning Man opened the programme. Familiar tunes? Perhaps not. They were two of bandleader Anderson’s accomplished compositions, the latter featured a Vicary solo, then pianist Jamil Sheriff. Anderson is sure to revisit these numbers in the coming years. Three Clowns from Weather Report’s Black Market album touched base with the inspirational figure of Wayne Shorter. Anderson’s ballad playing impressed, as did the consistently tasteful Sheriff. Tenor man Anderson revealed that he and drummer Dave Walsh often discuss the relative merits of early/middle period Wayne Shorter (Messengers and Miles) and iconic seventies fusioneers Weather Report. Vintage Shorter was to come but to conclude the first set, a real swinger – Blues For Wayne – proved to be a hard blowing gem. The much vaunted Laura Jurd announced her frontline presence with some superb trumpet playing, Sheriff had his say, followed by the audience – prolonged applause said it all. A good opening set. Second set, Shorter arrived as Lester Left Town as the band engaged in a round of telling solos. Sheriff’s For TW heard more great trumpet from Jurd and Dave Walsh relished the challenge – for TW read Tony Williams! – and scaled the heights. The drummers’ union can be proud of their man! The Sorcerer conjured Masqualero, there was Witch Hunt from the Blue Note classic album Speak No Evil, the encore, fully deserved, found Anderson fully immersed in the Shorter library. The Lit and Phil Library’s jazz patrons were fully immersed in the performance and once more the sustained applause said it all. An excellent gig from a top class band.                      
Russell. 


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