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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guests Don Fairley (trombone) & Maureen Hall (vocals).

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

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Early Bird Sessions @ The Lit & Phil. July 18

The Early Birds: Ben Lawrence (trumpet), Francis Tulip (guitar), Dan Lawrence (bass guitar) & Matthew Mackellar (drums) + Paul Edis (alto saxophone & piano)       
(Review by Russell)
The second in the series of ‘Early Bird’ jazz tuition/public performance sessions drew a crowd approximately twice the size of the first back in May. The participants numbered one fewer – perhaps school holidays accounted for the absent one. Six numbers in thirty minutes, all taking a solo, mentored by pianist and educator Paul Edis (pictured).
Ladybird opened, solos from trumpet and guitar. Blue Bossa featured sitter-in drummer Matthew Mackellar (catch him at Dave Weisser’s session at the Chillingham or the Jazz Café’s jam sessions) and Francis Tulip (guitar). An alto/trumpet intro to Autumn Leaves stated the theme then more good guitar and trumpet from Ben Lawrence.
More encouraging solos and a round of fours fleshed out All the Things You Are. Rollins’ Oleo followed the same format and was pretty damn good! Bassist Dan Lawrence soloed on Now’s the Time and that was it! A half hour performance; committed, enthusiastic and these guys are just about ready to take their set to the jazz public. Watch this space.
The third Early Bird gathering at the Lit & Phil is scheduled for Saturday 5 September. It starts at 11:00am, £2.00. on the door. Arrive in good time to ensure you get a seat.
Russell.


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