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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

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.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

CD Review: Brass Mask - Spy Boy.

Tom Challenger, George Crowley, Dan Nicholls (reeds); Rory Simmons, Alex Bonney (tpt); Nathaniel Cross (tmb); Theon Cross (tuba); John Blease (perc.).
(Review by Lance)
Seven horns and percussion make this octet slightly different to other similar ensembles inasmuch as the saxes double on clarinets and Nicholls does likewise on bass clarinet.. The blurb says they're heavily influenced by the legendary Mardi Gras Indians - the flamboyant African American street bands of the New Orleans Carnival.
More than likely. There is a large jazz content in both the solos and the improvisatory nature of some of the ensembles where the horns shoot off in several directions over pulsating rhythms. If each of the players was a ball of wool the end result would be a magnificent coat of many colours in the eyes of some, and. a tangled tea cosy gone wrong in the eyes of others!
All but three of the compositions are by Challenger and they do indeed challenge the listener and the performer. However, it is a worthwhile challenge, it's one of those albums that creep up on you so that you seem to enjoy each track a little more than the one before and, by the end you're thinking that that was a cracking disc after all. Playing it a second time, earlier misconceptions are abandoned, you throw out the tea cosy and prance around the room in your coat of many colours.
Brass Mask - Spy Boy is released by  Babel catalogue number BDV13121 on October 14.
Lance.

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