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SEPTEMBER

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.

Monday, November 18, 2013

London Jazz Festival: Gareth Lockrane Big Band @ Spice of Life. November 17.

Gareth Lockrane (flutes); Nigel Hitchcock, Sam Mayne, Graeme Blevins, Nadim Teimoori, Richard Shepherd (saxes); Steve Fishwick, Henry Collins,Tom Walsh, Nick Smart(trumpets); Nichol Thomson,Tom Green, Callum Au, Barry Clements (trombones); Ross Stanley (piano); Ryan Trebilcock (bass) Matt Skelton (drums); Jez Wiles (percussion); Mike Outram (guitar).
(Review by Lance).
The Spice was rapidly filling up and the only seat I could get was about a metre from the band. I thanked my lucky stars the trombones weren't at the front otherwise I'd have had a slide up my nose! Mind you, such was the calibre of the trombones I would have worn the slide with pride!
As the sound wafted over me it was as if I was playing third tenor. Not that they needed a third tenor, Blevins and Teimoori took care of that business alright! Likewise Mayne and Hitchcock sizzled on alto with Shepherd's baritone also punching above his weight.
This was a band!
Leader Lockrane, as always, demonstrated that there are few jazz flautists in the world who can match him. On C concert flute, alto flute and bass flute he excelled both solowise and adding rich textures to the reed section who also had a few able flautists amongst their number.
Nick Smart and Steve Fishwick took most of the trumpet solos - Smart a new name to me but one to watch.
Ross Stanley was magnificent as was the whole rhythm section including the guitarist whose name escapes me..
Didn't get the names of the trombone soloists either but they kept up the standard set by this outfit. I'd liked to have said "Hello" to Callum Au having reviewed a CD by his own band earlier this year but hadn't realised he was in the section!
Next time.
Big Bands may no longer roam the earth but they haven't become extinct either - not whilst this outfit is around!
Lance

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