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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.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: Jazz Latin Groove: October 3

Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Summers (sop/ten sax, hand drums, tabla, percussion); Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex)
The band gave us a very enjoyable, varied, and adventurous programme of groovy, boppy, Latin numbers and Debra is to be congratulated for attempting some rather difficult songs.  I loved Steve Summers sax solos, these were real solos which displayed a genuine connection with the original tunes and chords, not just a cacophonous collections of sounds, such as I’ve heard sometimes from more famous names.  And he’s a dab hand on hand drums (sorry to be repetitive!) and percussion.  The rest of the band did their stuff admirably, Alan steaming away on keys, even after an afternoon of teaching on the Jazz Co-op workshop: Paul as dependable and skilled as ever; and Tim drumming sensitively in the many ways demanded by the tunes.
They’d played Song For My Father before I arrived, then up stepped Debra, a flower in her hair, with Wave, every word clear and sweet, followed by Coltrane’s groovy Equinox. Her next number Spain demanded tricky, bop-like singing, then came Spooky ‘love is kinda crazy, with a spooky little boy like you’ and Tim using mallets on the drums for a spooky effect. Afro Blue opened with just voice, bass and drums, then Steve moved sinuously down the scales on sax, instrumentally interesting stuff. Miles Davis classic tune So What was sung, with lyrics by Eddie Jefferson, about how ‘Miles Davis left the stage when his solo was over’. The first half was rounded off with 2 of Debra’s regular songs, Consider Me Gone and Senor Blues.    
The second half began with an unusual wordless song, very pleasant listening, then came the tune Killer Joe, with lyrics by Debra (Relax). Other songs included You’re In My Heart; a song in Spanish with voice and piano only; Chick Corea’s Five Hundred Miles High and I’m Comin’ Home. And at that point I had to go home, so perhaps someone else could add a comment about the final part of the gig.
Ann Alex

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