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OCTOBER

THURSDAY 29

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

Abbie Finn Trio - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity (upstairs). It’s Abbie’s birthday!

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

FRIDAY 30

Neil William & Ben Holland - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. Jazz standards from the 1920s & 30s.

SATURDAY 31

Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. £10.00. Online booking (to book a table). Limited capacity. Alice & Pav join a multi-bill of entertainers (magician etc) to celebrate Prohibition Bar’s fifth anniversary. SOLD OUT!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jeremy McMurray-Roly Veitch Quartet with Mark Toomey @ Blaydon Jazz Club Christmas Party. December 15

Jeremy McMurray (piano), Roly Veitch (guitar & vocals), Neil Harland (double bass), Adam Sinclair (drums) & Mark Toomey (alto saxophone)
(Review by Russell)
The Black Bull on Bridge Street hosted Blaydon Jazz Club’s Christmas Party. A good turn out ensured the traditional buffet met expectations – plenty for all! Raffles prizes were plentiful, so much so that it was short odds on winning a prize. All of this, of course, was but icing on the Christmas jazz cake. The musicians, hand picked for the occasion, offered a cast iron guarantee of quality. No need to keep your receipt in the event of returning an unwanted gift on Boxing Day.
Erstwhile house pianist Jeremy McMurray made the journey from Teesside, so too altoist Mark Toomey, to link up with Blaydon’s main man Roly Veitch and the ace bass and drums pairing of Neil Harland and Adam Sinclair. The set list couldn’t be anything other than a Hep Cat’s Gasbook delight. High Spirits, East of the Sun, My Little Suede Shoes, Just Friends, The Nearness of You, Ornithology – every one a winner. Mark Toomey’s Bird affiliations are well known and he didn’t disappoint. His command of the language of bop clearly evident, Toomey took flight, secure in the knowledge that the ground crew – bassist Harland and drummer Sinclair – would guide him back to earth without mishap. Co-pilots Veitch (guitar and vocals) and pianist McMurray took the controls from time to time allowing Toomey to catch his breath. Parker’s Mood, one of many high points, heard Toomey at his best with subtle support from Veitch, Jeremy McMurray excelled throughout; left hand working overtime and to fit the season, quotes poured forth, be it carols or classic tunes. Truly impressive.
Blaydon Jazz Club always delivers the goods and this session at the Black Bull presented a wonderful early Christmas present. Thank you Santa.              
Russell.

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