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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

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.

Monday, November 03, 2014

James Harrison, Ian Simpson and Friends at The Jazz Café - November 1

James Harrison (pno); Ian Simpson (gtr). + David Gray (tpt/tmb); Kathryn Lowdon (vcl).
(Review by Kath J).
A night out with my pal Kathryn Lowdon, we popped into the Jazz Café to hear a Saturday night duo of James Harrison and Ian Simpson… but this was to be a night of surprises, with several friends being asked to join the guys over the course of the evening.   I had no plans to review this evening, but by the end, I thought it deserved something appropriate to go on the blog, so I snaffled James’s set list so that I could relay the tunes played with some accuracy… although I have to be honest and say it would be difficult for me to pick out solos… they were all fab, and my memory ain’t that good!

Move Along set us away, quickly followed by Well You Needn’t and There Will Never Be Another You. The skill of these talented young musicians is evident, and it is not surprising that they play so well together; these boys having recently completed a 3 year music degree together.  They were joined numerous times during this first set by David Grey who displayed his talents on both Trumpet and Trombone during several of the tunes and was a delight to hear.  The remaining tunes in the first set were:  I Won’t Last A Day, St James Infirmary, St Denis, Obsession, Midnight Blue and It’s a  Funk Thing .

Set two commenced as the lads went on to Pass the Peas, a couple of well-known standards, Lady Be Good and One Note Samba were skilfully executed before  Belinda Voshtina joined in them to sing  Manhã de Carnaval (A Day in the Life of a Fool)  in her mother tongue.  Next came The Chicken, and David Grey popped up again to play along In a Mellowtone, Affirmation and the last number of the night, “a blues thing” displaying improvisation at its best from all of the musicians plus Kathryn Lowdon, who surprised the audience with her powerful bluesy soulful voice… wow what an end to a really enjoyable night!


Kath.

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