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IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON

THURSDAY 24

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

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

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

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band @ The New Inn, Durham. March 18

Gavin Lee (clarinet & tenor saxophone), Alf Langthorne (keyboards), Tom Darbyshire (double bass) & Jimmy ‘Stix’ Robinson (drums) + June Francis (vocals)
(Review by Russell)
The New Inn, in the heart of Durham City, drew a crowd of Durham University’s Bright Young Things to watch Chelsea v Drogba in the Champions’ League on big screen tvs and to sit and drink beer, chat and remain oblivious to the jazz band in the corner. Gavin Lee’s Dixieland Band set up with a minimum of fuss, covering, then pushing the pool table to one side – a familiar tale of the well-appointed jazz venue!
A sprightly Lady Be Good followed by When Mabel Comes in the Room (from the Broadway hit Mack and Mabel) warmed-up Lee’s liquorice stick ahead of Fats Waller’s Stealin’ Apples. The clarinettist remarked that Peanuts Hucko regularly played the tune, adding: Peanuts wasn’t his real name… it was Cashew. So, we got humour in addition to some hot clarinet! Vocalist June Francis got up to sing the first of several numbers – Bei Mir Bist du Schoen or as Lee quipped: If you don’t understand Yiddish that was ‘My Beard Needs a Shave’. Francis stayed on for a bossa version of This Masquerade. The first set flew by and drew to a close Basie-style Swingin’ the Blues.
Another pint of Taylor’s Landlord (rarely seen on the bar these days, yet this was the second sighting in three days of the legendary brew, the first being at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle) and a chat with Gavin Lee about all things jazz made for an enjoyable interval.
Second set, football forgotten, Herbert ‘Happy’ Lawson’s Anytime led to Moonlight in Shotton Colliery, Herman’s Woodchopper’s Ball and with the return of June Francis, Lee switched effectively to tenor on Blue Moon, a breezy Blue Skies and an excellent take on A Weaver of Dreams.
The evening’s entertainment ranged far and wide from any Dixieland strictures; The Purple Rose of Cairo (Lee clarinet), the rhythm section – Alf Langthorne (piano), Tom Darbyshire (double bass) and ‘Stix’ Robinson (drums) – played it rumba on Night and Day and the Van Heusen/Burke classic Here’s That Rainy Day heard Francis and once more the tenor of Lee. Good beer, good crack, good jazz. Get along to the New Inn, nine o’clock Tuesdays.       
Russell.                     

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