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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.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Paloma Faith w. Guy Barker Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead. October 30

Paloma Faith (vcl); Naomi Miller, Sabrina Ramikie (backing vcls); Guy Barker (MD) + 42 piece orchestra.
(Review by Lance).
Anyone expecting to hear the jazz trumpet of Guy Barker would be disappointed. Guy's role tonight was that of MD and arranger - a job done brilliantly.
Those who came to hear a sensational soul/jazz/rock singer strutting her stuff, and I guess the three tier full Hall One were there for just that, most certainly weren't - disappointed that is.
From the moment La Paloma made her entrance looking ravishingly gorgeous in a slinky, figure-hugging gown slit tantalisingly high at the back (another inch and...) to the final encore the audience were her slaves.
"Everybody stand" she commanded.
We stood. 
We clapped hands, shook it about a bit, and joined in the spirit. Her vivid red hair topped with matching hairpiece (I guess) stood out as did her distinctive voice. The jazz content came in an up-tempo version of Love Me Or Leave Me with a big fat trombone solo and the dramatic Wild is the Wind. For the rest they were songs familiar to the fans and put over with panache.
The girl's got personality plus with an engaging EastEnders accent.
Her two backing singers, Naomi and Sabrina, did the job and had their own solo spot in the short first set.
Naomi gave us Dusty's Son of a Preacher Man and Sabrina sang Carole King's You Make me Feel Like a Natural Woman. Both impressed.
The 42 piece orchestra worked hard, strings, brass and reeds blending well together although solos were few. From my seat in the stalls the only musician I recognised was Alan Barnes on second tenor although I found out later that it was Ralph Salmins on drums and Ben Castle on clarinet who were featured in the opening Sing, Sing, Sing.
An apt title as that is exactly what the star did - sing, sing, sing - did she not!
I arrived as a curious observer and departed - a converted believer!
Lance.

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