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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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bill Harper Quartet with Anne DeVere @ Blaydon Jazz Club. October 20

Bill Harper (piano), Roly Veitch (guitar), Neil Harland (double bass), Adam Sinclair (drums) & Anne DeVere (vocals)  
(Review by Russell)
Bill Harper was house pianist at Blaydon Jazz Club for something like fifteen years before upping sticks with Anne DeVere for the good life in Brittany. This return visit reunited him with guitarist Roly Veitch and they were supported by the first call bass and drums pairing of Neil Harland and Adam Sinclair. Anne DeVere got up to sing a few numbers during the evening, an evening that got under way a few minutes early. A jazz gig starting ahead of the advertised time! 
So keen to get started, and enjoying themselves so much, we got a full value first set of an hour and more. Harper’s pad was chock-full of songs and he picked them out at will, knowing that his band mates would be able to handle anything put in front of them. Ballads, a bossa, Rhythm-a-ning Monk, two varied sets lapped up by the regulars and others who made the effort on this rare occasion. DeVere entertained with anecdotes, threatened to tell a risqué joke or two and sang beautifully; Johnny Mandel’s Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams, lyrics momentarily forgotten, then recalled. Autumn Leaves, the first verse in English, the others in French. Bravo! Guitarist Veitch, content to allow Harper and DeVere to bask in the limelight, contributed typically sympathetic rhythmic support and took a few polished solos (All the Things You Are a highlight). Early sound difficulties were soon resolved and Bill Harper’s piano playing was heard to best effect. Two handed, fluent, easy – or so he made it look! DeVere enjoyed herself (perhaps too much!) on Some Cats Know and gave a perfect reading of I’ll Remember April during which Neil Harland and Adam Sinclair excelled. Our exiled guests were fulsome in their praise of the pair and Harper said of Roly Veitch ‘he always gets it right’. Quite so.
Russell.

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