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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, November 16, 2015

Keith Stephen’s Hot Club Trio with Caroline Irwin @ The Black Bull, Blaydon – Nov 15

Keith Stephen (guitar), Roly Veitch (guitar & vocals), Bruce Rollo (double bass) & Caroline Irwin (vocals & ukulele)
(Review by Russell).
Friends of Blaydon Jazz Club for many a year, Keith Stephen’s Hot Club Trio made a welcome return to the Black Bull. Club regulars made the effort on a surprisingly mild evening for the time of year. The undemonstrative Stephen spoke reluctantly. Caroline Irwin – his other half – cajoled him into making announcements, which he duly did. An unsung guitarist and fine exponent of the Hot Club idiom, Stephen led his trio through two sets of classic material with several vocal numbers from the ‘lovely Caroline’.
Coquette opened the show. Caroline Irwin joined the boys to sing four numbers; Exactly Like You, Dream a Little Dream, Goody Goody and I’m Confessin’. Ms Irwin is an entertainer. She sings well and you get a performance. Flirtatious, Gatsby-era theatricality enlivens the show with the trio’s musicianship clearly evident to those with eyes and ears – a sensory delight.
Rhythm king Roly Veitch took the occasional vocal, the first of the evening being All of Me in typical relaxed fashion. The saucy Ms Irwin did much hoofin’ around on Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian. With ukulele in hand the lyrics passed/passed by the censors, the only thing missing was an Aloha-style garland of flowers!
The undoubted first set highlight was a tremendous take on Limehouse Blues; a Stephen’s solo followed by an energetic contribution from slap bass maestro Bruce Rollo had Black Bull patrons imagining they were in a dimly lit pre-war Parisian night club. Django lives! At its conclusion Stephen enquired: Silly tempo, who set up that one? The culprit lurked in the shadows…one Mr R. Veitch. Hand wringing stuff!
Django’s Swing ’42 resumed hostilities. Irwin intervened with I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby and later on Veitch atoned with a well tempered vocal on Shine. Ms Irwin sang some numbers in French – La Vie en Rose being a fine example of her craft. A good evening’s entertainment concluded with an exhausting Running Wild. Athlete Irwin went for it, running on the spot, running wild.
December at Blaydon Jazz Club features not one but two sessions. Sunday 6th is an extra date presenting the New Century Ragtime Orchestra. The ensemble, perhaps unique in its presentation of the syncopated sounds predating the classic jazz era, will delight its many followers and those hearing the band for the first time will become instant fans. The week before Christmas – Sunday 20th – is party time. The BB Trio with guest Dr James Birkett will provide the musical entertainment and, by tradition, audience members take along an appetising culinary contribution. Savouries and sweets (many home made), always make for a feast sufficient to feed the five thousand.
Russell.                     

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