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Today Sunday June 16

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Friday, August 29, 2014

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Millstone. August 28

(Review by Russell).
This being the holiday season most of the sections in the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band were bolstered by deps. The band’s last Thursday in the month date at the Millstone goes from strength to strength – no matter who answers Michael Lamb’s call, all do a sterling job.
A late summer upturn in the weather made for something approaching a summer evening; the upstairs room in the Millstone on Haddricks Mill Road resembled a boiler shop. Beer, wine, bottled water, all slaked a thirst. The first set started slightly late due to a straggling dep who shall remain nameless. Once Paul Grainger was set-up and ready to go (oops!), a cracking take on Lester Leaps In featured the first of many tenor solos from Jamie Toms. JT took full advantage of the absent Paul Gowland, the second tenor chair being occupied by dep Kim Webb. Blues Machine heard solos from Keith Robinson (alto) and trombone section stalwart Mark Ferris with the reeds’ ensemble work a highlight.
The rhythm section – the SSBB’s regular drummer (and MC) Guy Swinton with new boy Graham Don (keyboards), Paul Grainger (double bass) and depping A-list guitarist Mick Wright evoking the magical sound of Freddie Green – made for a constant highlight.
With all seats taken in the Millstone’s boiler shop, the band hammered out short, punchy numbers ranging from Tom Kubis to Sammy Nestico’s Basie Straight Ahead (the latter a showcase for the full strength trumpet section). Band MD Lamb threw in a brisk solo and drew deserved applause. Vocalist Lindsay Hannon summed-up the evening telling us that it was Too Darn Hot. You bet!
The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, That Old Black Magic, A Tisket A Tasket, the Strictly Smokin’ didn’t mess around. Solos were plentiful (Pete Tanton, trumpet, Steve Summers, alto and flute) and the determinedly non-soloing Mick Wright ensured the success of this cracking, must-get-to-monthly session.
Much of the material will be heard again next week on a gig in Carlisle. If you’re over that way, look them up.                         
Russell.
Strictly Smokin’ Big Band: Jamie Toms (tenor), Kim Webb (tenor), Keith Robinson (alto & flute), Steve Summers (alto), Nicola Weaver (baritone); Michael Lamb, Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Tom Hill (trumpets); Mark Ferris, Keiran Parnaby,  Matthew Fletcher, John Flood (trombones); Graham Don (keyboards), Mick Wright (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Guy Swinton (drums) & Lindsay Hannon (vocals)

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