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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.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ray Stubbs R & B All-stars @ Central Bar. October 27

Ray Stubbs (harmonica, guitar & vocals), John Hedley (guitar), Mike Waller (keyboards), Max Whitehouse (bass & vocals) & Brian Ferry (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The Central Bar, Gateshead, 1:30 pm. Sunderland versus Newcastle United on satellite television. A rare sighting of cask Double Maxim on the bar, pint ordered, keenly aware of the delicious irony of a Wearside beer being available on Tyneside on this of all days. Howay the Lads! Toon! Toon!
Approaching 3:30 pm the optimistic mood had changed to one of despair, recrimination, sack whoever came to mind. The Mackems had taken the honours, bragging rights secured until the next time. One or two more pints and the pain lessened.
Upstairs, Gateshead’s Godfather of the Blues, Ray Stubbs, had rounded up his All-stars ready to play some blues. Fans were thin on the ground as the band rattled through a classic set - Howlin’ Wolf (lots of the Wolf), Junior Wells, Sleepy John Estes, Albert King, Muddy Waters. Stubbs led from the front, in cracking form - harp and vocals (second set some National Steel work alongside kingpin John Hedley). Bassist Max Whitehouse cruised, Brian Ferry thundered out of the traps and Mike Waller knocked out consistently bluesy solos. Hoochie Coochie Man, Born Under a Bad Sign, Jesus Left Chicago, all with Stubbs’ characteristic raw vocal delivery and killer South Side harp. Football forgotten (almost), this was just what the blues doctor ordered. I’ll have another pint of Double Maxim, please.        
Russell     

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