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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Thousand Kisses Deep – Christine Tobin: Sage Gateshead Sept. 12

Christine Tobin (voice); Phil Robson (guitar); Dave Whitford (double bass);
Huw Warren (accordion, piano); Andriano Adewole (percussion)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Tonight I got to sing with Christine Tobin! - well myself and the rest of the audience, as we la la la’d along to Ms Tobin’s scat.  I was so excited that I’ve forgotten which song was being sung at the time.  The concert was a tribute to Leonard Cohen who is celebrating his 80th birthday.  Some would say that no-one can sing Cohen’s songs like Cohen, but Ms Tobin made a very good job of interpreting the songs with the help of her excellent musicians, in a line-up which is unusual for jazz. Brief details of the genesis of each song were given by Ms Tobin in her gentle Irish voice, very relaxing to listen to. 
Dance Me To The End Of Love; Famous Blue Raincoat; Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye; Suzanne; A Thousand Kisses Deep were all performed with feeling and some unusual arrangements, sometimes a Latin beat, giving the excellent percussionist a chance to shine, with hand drum beats, bass beats and chirpy rhythms produced by something that looked like a spatula from where I was sitting.  Adewole shone further in a long percussion solo during the second half of the concert.  The accordion did a grand job with a suitable klezmer-influenced sound for songs with elements of the Jewish faith and Cajun cuts to add excitement to other songs.  There were also (to me) less well known songs, such as Take This Waltz, with its rich images and smooth guitar solo; a song about the Biblical story when a prophet takes his young son to be sacrificed; Everybody Knows, a recent song showing Cohen’s dark, self-mocking humour; and also a couple of songs by Tobin herself, one about the many kinds of goodbyes; and No Love No Thrill, about a young girl who loves an older man.
Yes, a great evening of music once again from Christine Tobin and the band.  She said she’d have to learn more Leonard Cohen’s songs, so roll on the next such gig.    
Ann Alex

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