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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.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Montreux Jazz Festival: Lee Ritenour/Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human @. Montreux Jazz Club July 17.

Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human: Jonathan Batiste (Vocals/Harmonaboard/Piano); Phil Keehn ( Double Bass/Bass Guitar). Joe Sayer ( Drums); Eddie Barbash (Alto);.Ibanda Rhuhumbika (Tuba).
(Review by Ron Ainsborough)
An intimate setting for an audience of about 300 seated enthusiasts in a new setting which was a great place to listen to jazz. Although I’d never heard of this band, this was one of the most sensational jazz concerts I have ever been to. The band, started by marching in like a New Orleans marching band from the back of the Club up to the stage and then it was 'lift off'. 
The musicianship of all was superlative, the repertoire covered  most jazz styles, the stage presence of Jonathan Batiste was faultless, but above everything else Entertainment was very much at the forefront. The only way to find out what I am trying to say, is to go on to YouTube and put the name Jonathan Batiste and Montreux jazz 2013 and you will get a flavour of these musicians that I had the pleasure to see and listen to for a full two hours.
I commented that it was a cruel move to have a band following them, but the following set whilst a very different style of jazz was also quite brilliant . It was by non less than the great Lee Ritenour!
Lee Ritenour (Guitar);  Dave Grusin (Piano); Tom Kennedy ( Bass); Christopher Coleman (Drums.)
This was a top class jazz guitar concert, probably falling into the contemporary modern jazz idiom, which I love and well within my comfort zone. I was more than pleased to get the opportunity to see an iconic guitarist like Lee Ritenour who is obviously at the top of his game. A touch of humour during the concert came when Lee said 'it was  a great honour to play 'LIVE'  with Dave Grusin'.
Then Dave Grusin came on introducing his solo spot, commented about how lucky the audience were to catch him 'live' implying that his mortality was being questioned. Magic!
Also, just to show how easy a musicians life is, Lee stated that 24 hours before this concert his drummer was playing with Stevie Wonder in the USA. It did not affect his performance I might add. The concert was on for a delightful 1.50 hours
ending a fantastic night of jazz, the only down side was that we only learned of the free jam sessions that started at 12.45am in the same jazz club (every night!) that night ,which as it turned out was too late for us. I believe All the top stars return to this venue for the jam sessions. I will definitely catch it next year though!
Ron Ainsborough.

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