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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.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ruth Lambert sings the Great North Songbook @ The Jazz Café. June 20

Ruth Lambert Trio: Ruth Lambert (vocals), Giles Strong (guitar) & Mick Shoulder (double bass)
(Review by Russell).
No Moon at All, I’ve Got the World on a String, Ruth Lambert had the audience wrapped around her little finger. And what an audience! ‘Bijou’ said Lambert, ‘select’, but how attentive, hanging on every note. ‘Nowhere to hide’ confessed our Songbook Superstar.
Those Great North songwriters Lambert, Shoulder and Strong previewed material from a soon-to-be-released first album: Love That Never Dies (comp. Lambert), Everything Was Beautiful (comp. Strong), How Could I? (comp. Shoulder), So Tell Me and Lullaby. All stood comparison with more familiar GAS Book favourites including Time After Time, Beautiful Love (Lambert toying with the lyric), Taking a Chance on Love and one of Lambert’s signature songs - Skylark.

Lambert sang the blues (an all-blues set would be interesting!) hitting us with Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You? accompanied by Giles Strong. Bonnie Raitt’s Love Me Like a Man followed (a demanding lot these blues women!). Mick Shoulder (composer, accompanist, soloist) played tastefully throughout showing once again why he is in demand across the scene. He can be heard next week at the Jazz Café in a duo with pianist Dean Stockdale. 
Ruth Lambert is one of our finest singers. Hearing her sing is a joy.       

Russell.

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