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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.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Peter Gilligan & Friends @ Hoochie Coochie

Peter Gilligan (piano); Graham Hardy (trumpet/flugel); Paul Gowland (tenor); Paul Grainger (bass); Dave McKeague (drums).
Pete Gilligan has a great love of the music of Horace Silver and this afternoon's quintet session at Hoochie left no one in doubt of his, and his fellow travellers, ability to put their own stamp on the great man's work. The proof, of course, was already there after the band's previous outing at The Bridge where they blew up a storm for only six quid!
Here they were today at Hoochie and it was free!
I got there early - the crowds were even less than they were for Kings of Leon (Saturday St. James Park), One Direction (Stadium of Light) or the Gilligan band at the Bridge's six quidder!
Strikes me that the more you charge the more punters you get!
However, I digress. The music was superb and enough people eventually meandered in to enjoy this killer session.
Filthy McNasty; Summer in Central Park; Natives Are Restless; Silver's Serenade and Quicksilver. A solid first set. Graham Hardy and Paul Gowland were the frontliners today and if ever Mr Silver needs a couple of UK boys these are his men. He'd have to fight Gilligan for them though as Pete was flying high and with Grainger on bass and the amazingly young looking McKeague on drums this was a quintet to take on the world!
Horacescope - another quirky Silver title - was absolutely the top. One of those tunes that grabs you  both harmonically and melodically. Reminded me a little of A Foggy Day. Opus de Funk; Strollin'; Nutville and, finally, Nica's Dream.
Lance.

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