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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, October 26, 2013

Eyes Shut Tight @ Free Thinking, Sage Gateshead. October 25

Paul Baxter (double bass), Tom Taylor (piano) & Kristoffer Wright (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The annual Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead began with In Tune, Sean Rafferty’s weekday programme of convivial conversation and diverse musical offerings. Novelists Lionel Shriver and Michael Chaplin had books to plug, New Generation Artist Kittie Whateley had songs to sing, bearded thinker John Gallagher thought and Eyes Shut Tight had much jazz to play.
Our host spoke of the Geordie welcome, surveyed the arts led regeneration of the riverside and with an easy charm demonstrated he was on top of his brief. Bassist Paul Baxter’s trio opened and closed the show, chatted with the affable Rafferty and played some more. Baxter’s bass was a tad quiet, Tom Taylor could be heard just fine at the Steinway and the self deprecating Kris Wright - ‘I hit it [the drum kit] with sticks’ - came across loud and clear.
Out there in radio land the sound balance was sure to be just right. Baxter had been on Tyneside several times in recent years with Eyes Shut Tight or other line-ups at Sage and at the Bridge Hotel at the other end of the High Level Bridge in Newcastle. T and C, typically restrained, introduced the trio, Transition gave space to all three and as Rafferty wondered out loud if there would be an incendiary number we heard The Precipice (incendiary, Eyes Shut Tight style). A live broadcast on a flagship Radio 3 programme will do nothing but enhance the trio’s profile not withstanding Rafferty’s expressed fear that he would refer to the band as Eyes Tight Shut. He avoided the pitfall until nearing the end of the broadcast when twice committing the sin! Eyes Shut Tight, Eyes Tight Shut…close enough for jazz!
Russell.                      

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