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IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON

THURSDAY 24

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00pm - 10pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Biscoe & Co @ King’s Hall. November 28

Chris Biscoe (alto & soprano saxophones, bass clarinet), John Pope (double bass) & Roger Turner (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Lunchtime, King’s Hall, free admission, a freely improvised performance. Hall a little more than half full (a number of students absent – they must have met their mandatory number of concert attendances for the semester and were still in bed). Tyneside’s John Pope, a recent graduate of Newcastle University, no doubt felt at home as he stood between two of the key figures of the British free scene. Pope, the cat with the hat, looked cool. Perhaps inside his stomach was churning. 
Chris Biscoe (reeds) and Roger Turner (percussion) have played more free jazz gigs than Pope has had hot dinners! For the first of three pieces Biscoe played alto saxophone. Roger Turner, obscured from view by rows of attentive listeners, sounded just like Roger Turner – scuffling across the snare, bells a-ringing, a snap of the wrist changing direction, building momentum. Pope intermittently picked up the bow, adding new textures. A second piece heard Biscoe’s quicksilver soprano work and it became clear the young man of the trio felt at home in this company. Biscoe’s bass clarinet closed the concert with a flourish as the trio shook the ivory towers around them with some spirited playing. Portraits of the institution’s big wigs from down the years looked down on the scene. Who knows what they made of it all? Perhaps some of the present day luminaries will make it to Sage Gateshead tonight to hear Biscoe & Co or if you will, the Collaborations Trio, in a double bill with Sonsale.  
Russell.     

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