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Today Wednesday February 19

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

After Hours #4: Stéphane Grappelli - Cafédral Durham, Owengate, Durham DH1 3HB. 7:30pm. £5.00. (concs. available). Sonia Rae (violin); Tom Burgess (guitar); Jack Theaker (guitar); Angus Shennan (keyboards); David Byfield (drums) + Clara Falkowska (flugelhorn, violin). ‘The life and work of Stéphane Grappelli’. Durham University Jazz Society event.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CD Review: Ian O'Beirne - Glasswork

Ian O'Beirne (alt/ten); Tim Wendel (gtr); Tim Brey (Fender Rhodes); Kurt Kotheimer (dbl. bass.); Matt Scarano (dms).
O'Beirne, Philadelphia based saxist/composer/arranger/educator, in a parallel universe plays baritone with a touring Glenn Miller Orchestra. He will do it well. However, although there's no String of Pearls on this disc there are plenty of gems not least the leader's alto and tenor sax work. His playing flows with an appealing fluidity without resorting to torrential outpourings of sound. This is one for those who prefer a melodic line with some often unexpected intervals thrown in just to add that vital element of surprise so essential to a good jazz performance.
Guitarist Wendell weaves in and out creating a rich tapestry of his own and whilst I'm not always a fan of Rhodes pianos Brey gets just the right sound for this ensemble. Piano and guitar combine well with bass and drums giving O'Beirne the perfect cushion.
 Ian O'Beirne - Glasswork can be obtained by following the above link.
Lance.

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