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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, January 25, 2015

Don Forbes & Alan Law @:Jazz Café - January 24

 Don Forbes (tpt) Alan Law (pno)
(Review by Kath J.)
Arrived at The Jazz Café just in time to bag 2 comfy seats at the front with some jazz buddies as the exquisite  tones of Don’s trumpet  was rising, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Don seems to like to set the standard as he has in the past by starting off with this lovely tune .  What’s New and Sonny Rollins’ The Bridge, were followed by a delightful  Don Forbes original called Little Blue Eyes, and a beautifully played, I Remember Clifford.
Stan Tracey was featured on several occasions over the course of the evening, as we bobbed along with No Good Boyo, closely followed by more melodic Pen Pals.  Another favourite influence of Don’s were Emcee Five, and he paid tribute to this Newcastle band with Hobson’s Choice… Not that being there to hear it was Hobson’s Choice for anyone in the very appreciative crowd, the Café was pretty full and the crowd were enjoying the music as the first set came to an end with Tenderly.
A brief interval as the boys had a few minutes chat and catch up with some friends and then back in the hot seats for a lively Horace Silver number, as The St Vitas Dance opened the second set.  Next up was a tune that displayed the skilful tinkling of keys from Alan Law, changing the tempo to Bill Evans’ lovely ballad, My Foolish Heart that floated around the café.  Another tempo change to a Latin groove with a Dizzy Gillespie tune that I didn’t quite catch the name of, and then it was back to Stan Tracey for I Lost My Step in Nantucket.  As the evening drew closer to the end, and the patron numbers began to dwindle in the café, Don dropped in another original that Suspended Belief,  leading us on to the final number a Freddie Hubbard tune Up Jumped Spring. Thanks guys, a most enjoyable evening of fine music and friends.
Kath.

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