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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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Dave Weisser Orchestra @ The Chillingham. February 18

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Forbes (trumpet), Helen Walker (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Bridget Enever (soprano saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Mike Clarke (electric bass), Norman Redhead (drums), Matthew MacKellar (drums) & Ian Forbes (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Another Wednesday night at the Chilli. Not quite. Much to the surprise and delight of workshop leader Dave Weisser a mini orchestra assembled before his very eyes. The regular participants were in attendance, one or two old hands showed up and two new sitters-in walked in.

And What if I Don’t? (Herbie Hancock). Solos all. In walked Matthew MacKellar, the ever-obliging Norman Redhead stepped aside. Round Midnight (potentially a tired old warhorse) sparkled; multi-coloured horns, MacKellar’s brushes, Ray Johnson’s flugel and Weisser’s classy vocals. Dinji heard Weisser singing once again and the first of the newcomers, Bridget Enever (soprano saxophone), announced her arrival in no uncertain terms. Don Forbes sat in and out, much of the time content to listen to his fellow brass players.
Boplicity (a nice number for brass and reeds) featured Johnson, Enever and a first solo of the night from bassist Mike Clarke. Miles’ Four (a Take it to the Bridge staple) heard not one, not two, not three, but four trumpets – Ray Johnson leading off, then the lyricism of Don Forbes, then the sight-reading Helen Walker and, of course Dave Weisser – and an off-the-cuff Weisser vocal fours with the sharp-eared MacKellar (rat-a-tat-tat rimshots for good measure!).
Trumpets (Forbes and Johnson, the muted Weisser), Rachel Richman’s alto, a piano trio work-out and MacKellar dispatching fours to the boundary dealt with Nardis. MacKellar gave way to Forbes I. Mr Ian Forbes got his mojo (hi hat) workin’ on Nostagia in Times Square and Nica’s Dream. Time was getting on. Weisser to Clarke: ‘Is that your pint?’ Clarke to Weisser: ‘No.’ Weisser: ‘Good! It must be mine.’ Israel. A hunched-over Mike Clarke peered at the dots, more soprano from Enever, more alto from Richman. No two sessions are alike at the Chilli. This week’s was a good one. More next week.                   Russell.

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