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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Monday, February 10, 2014

PG3 + 2 @ Salsa Café February 8

Pete Gilligan (Keys) Paul Grainger (D.Bass) Steve Summers (Sop & Tenor Sax) Don Forbes (Trumpet)  Tim Johnston (Drums)
(Review by Kath Jobes).
Salsa Café was buzzing when I arrived, my friend Emma had managed to get a table near the front, close enough to smell the saxes! Steve Summers had brought along two plus his usual selection of percussion for the Latin numbers… already I could see this was going to be a good night! 
Don Forbes led the band off with a lively There Will Never Be Another You, then came the first of several Horace Silvers numbers… and Pete was in his element with Silver’s SerenadeTokyo Blues saw a superb trumpet solo from Don and I was so impressed I missed the name of the next number… sometimes I’m just having too much fun!  
Summer in Central Park continued the Silver theme, and one could almost see the silvery sparkles as Pete Gilligan tinkled lightly over the keys to this gentle tune. Quick Silver was lively and demonstrated the skills of each member of the band as they exchanged 4s... I love the way these guys just bring a smile as they introduce a quick riff of Oh You Beautiful Doll near the end of the tune… truly delightful! A change of sax to soprano for Steve Summers and a gorgeously gentle and haunting account of Lonely Woman that was followed by Beautiful Love to bring the first set to a close.
Set two saw the percussion talents of Stevie Summers as he played Cabasa during Liberated Brother, while Tim Johnstone used mallets and softly set the Latin groove. This groove continued and during Nica’s Dream Steve played both Pandeiro and Sop Sax, switching seamlessly from one to the other.  I Remember Clifford saw the return of the tenor to accompany Don Forbes, and then the band took us to Nutville before another gentle ballad aptly named Peace.   It seemed that peace didn’t last for long as the band struck up a lively rendition of Oleo.  The final number saw the return of a delightful riff this time from singing in the rain… yes indeed, it was of course Come Rain or Come Shine… and shine they did. As Paul Gowland, who arrived towards the end of the night, having been working elsewhere, then proceeded to write on my notepad at the end of my notes… Band was Brill!
Kath J.

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