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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Djangologie @ Jazz Café. February 1

Mick Shoulder (contrabasse), Emma Fisk (violon), James Birkett (guitare) & Giles Strong (guitare rythmique)
(Review by M. Russell/Photo by Mlle. Kath J.)
Saturday evening in a little café in Newcastle sur Seine. Friends, couples, lovers engaged in low level, if not intimate, conversation. A bottle of Rivet Catcher (Jarrow sur Seine), the offer of a flower vase politely declined in favour of a ‘traditional’ half glass. Perhaps the hot topic was the result of the day’s 'grand' match at St James’, given the outcome perhaps not. Intermittent downpours dampened the enthusiasm for ‘le punch-up’, drowning of sorrows the priority. Earlier in the day your reviewer could be found in a nameless Tyneside hostelry watching ‘Le Debacle’. The (illegal) overseas television coverage courtesy of Canal Plus, Les Mags’ French Contingent would surely do ‘le business’. Non! 
To ‘le jazz’. Djangologie, the north east of England’s ambassadors of all things Django, set up and tuned up quietly (an indication that there is a good band in the house). Monsieur M.Shoulder arranged for Dinah to arrive right on time. From the first chords struck by guitar masters James Birkett and Giles Strong we were in Hot Club paradise. Douce Ambience, Coquette, was there anything finer? How about Mademoiselle Fisk? Emma, the birthday girl (Jan 31), extended celebrations to include this Jazz Café engagement. The establishment benefitted from the arrival of a large party out on the town celebrating a birthday amongst their number. The atmosphere all the more authentique with the bon viveurs dressed in ‘20s fashions. The gentlemen, suited in spats and hats, the ladies in flapper finery with hairstyles to match! The chatterbox-o-meter reached new heights – cocktails all round – but no matter, the place was buzzing. Djangologie responded with Artillerie Lourdes (one nil to the band). Stompin’ at Decca closed out the set (2-0 to the band). Stupendous playing, tumultuous applause. The quartet took a bow and this just the interval! KJ and friend departed for some Salsa Café jazz just as P and D arrived at a stompin’ good time. Mick Shoulder writes for the band and such is the quality of the writing one could be forgiven for confusing a Django number with a Shoulder composition. Song for Izumi and the baroque waltz Beautiful Till 3 (a tale of unrequited love) maintained the standard in the second set. The Sheik of Araby, taken at whirling dervish tempo, produced near impossible feats of musicianship form the quartet; Shoulder and Strong immense, Fisk and Birkett bagging the eye-catching solos. Bandleader Shoulder announced the final number – Les Yeux Noir – suggesting there could be an encore. More astounding playing. Cries of  ‘Encore! Encore!’. Encore won. Magnifique!          
Russell.                         

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