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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.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Big Yes for Steve Howe @ Sage Gateshead.

Steve Howe (gtr); Ross Stanley (B3); Dylan Howe (dms).
This was a jazz gig- don't let anyone tell you otherwise! How could it be anything else with Ross Stanley pedaling the B3? And Steve Howe? Well I've long believed that beneath every rocker there is a jazzer and so it proved tonight when Yes guitarist Howe made it clear that he could cut it as a jazzman.
The majority of the audience that filled the ground floor of Hall 2 (plus a few who overlapped onto the next level) probably had never heard of Miles Davis, Roland Kirk, Jimmy Smith or Kenny Burrell or even realised they were listening to jazz yet they gave a standing ovation at the end and, for an encore, Steve Howe played a wonderful, unaccompanied piece. He didn't give the title but it could have been a composition by Albert Harris, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough or even Eddie Lang. It was lush! For the second encore it was more Kenny Burrell and more standing ovations.
In between the jazz we had jazzified versions of numbers associated with Yes but it was the fifties Blue Note Jimmy Smith/Kenny Burrell grooves that made this listener's night. Ross Stanley was incredible in support and solo whilst Howe Jr. on drums drove and booted, soloed and foured, did crazy and sedate. It was one of those gigs that just flew by.
Lance.

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