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Today Sunday November 17

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm. Free.

Binker Golding Band + Noya Rao + Francis Tulip Quartet - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 2:00pm. £12.00. & £5.00.

Peter Roughead & the Tweed River Jazz Band - Pier Red, Castlegate, Berwick TD15 1LF. Tel: 01289 309168. 3:00-5:00pm. Free.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul/ Etc.

Memphis Cruiser - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Wandering Monster + Thomas Dixon Quartet - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1JY. 3:30pm. £8.00. + £1.13 bf (£5.00. + £1.13 bf, concs.).

Groovetrain - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 5:30pm (4:00pm doors). £10.00.

Evening

Jazz

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Jazz Jam - Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham DH1 3NP. 7:30pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society. All welcome - sitters-in & listeners.

Classic Swing - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 8:00pm. £7.00.

Blues/Funk/Soul

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Preston-Glasgow-Lowe @ The Bridge Hotel. November 3

David Preston (guitar), Kevin Glasgow (electric bass) & Laurie Lowe (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Splinter at the Bridge booked a young trio, took a chance and were rewarded with a low turn out. Audience numbers are down just about everywhere but when it is a struggle to reach double figures at the door it begs the question: Why bother? Well, people bother because the music means a lot to them. The promoter - Splinter - will soldier on and the few regulars will continue to show up.
This week’s guests - David Preston, guitar, Kevin Glasgow (six string electric bass) and drummer Laurie Lowe - presented a programme of almost entirely original material and played it with commitment and the highest level of musicianship imaginable. Tyneside is home to tens of thousands of students (several hundred of them studying music) and they were nowhere to be seen. Well, it’s their loss. Hearing the trio would have inspired (or perhaps disheartened) them. These guys could play, big time!
The tunes owed much to seventies’ jazz fusion. The likes of McLaughlin, Clarke and Cobham would have run for cover had they called in to the Bridge for a pint. Preston’s four-fingered fret board work had to be seen (and heard) to be believed. Glasgow, no stranger to the Bridge, possesses amazing chops and Lowe must practice eight days a week! The standard was terrifying. Tunes featured extended solo flights - Preston’s Silvertide featured the composer who laid down a great solo. Everything, Everything (comp. Preston) hinted at lyricism until the fusion pulse took charge once more. Olivier Messiaen’s composition for choir - O Sacrum Convivium - rang out loud and clear in a re-voicing for the three piece. A big sound from a small band! The Priory (comp Glasgow) referenced architect Le Corbusier with Lowe constructing a mighty solo. Piercing guitar developed from a cracking riff on Preston’s CPU with his band mates right on the money. The trio’s closing number - The Anvil (named after the music venue) - ensured we went out on a high.
Russell.                                  

3 comments :

Robert Laing said...

Excellent summary. Disappointing crowd, not for the first time this year. Let us hope we can keep attracting first class musicians to the venue in spite of the apathy of some of the locals. Maybe someone could tell us what we have to do to attract a proportionate crowd to the skill and musicianship of the bands that come to Splinter @ The Bridge. All suggestions welcome.

stevebfc said...

I would have gone if there had been some form of reminder mechanism for informing me about the gig (Twitter,Facebook, Email)

Robert Laing said...

Reminder mechanism? The gig was advertised for weeks ahead on this very blog, plus there is a listing for Splinter in the left hand column of this page. There is a facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/splinterjazz/). There is also a website - http://splinterjazz.co.uk/wordpress/ and on either you can subscribe for news bulletins etc.

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