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Today Saturday January 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Early Bird Band - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 11:00am.

Evening

Adrian Cox Quartet - Watchtower Gallery, West End, Berwick TD15 2HE. 8:00pm. £10.00. Cox touring new CD ‘Now is Spring’.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Ray Stubbs R & B All-Stars - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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Friday, November 06, 2015

Student Performances @ Culture Lab – November 5

(Review by Russell)
Standing room only once again this week. Singer-songwriter Shona Crossan opened the programme with two tunes. Sitting at the keyboard, accompanied by double bassist Tim Farrow and drummer Dom Lodge, Cold Heart and Release were two of Crossan’s own compositions. A talented trio.
Pianist Jessica Bates sang an Andy Cutting number with, as the performer noted, a Bill Evans’ feel to it. For a second number Bates was joined by Mercedes Philips (sop sax).
Violinist Sarah Berry played two solo pieces. The first comprised two movements from Leclair’s Sonata in D Major, the second, a work by Czech composer Misha Alperin.
The Culture Lab session ended with tenor saxophonist Joe Reeve (pictured) playing So What with guitar and six-string bass accompaniment. A second, final selection, Jim Hall’s Careful rounded off an entertaining three quarters of an hour.
Next Thursday (Nov 12) at 1:10pm there is a Culture Lab special. Contemporary quartet Dans Les Abres fly in to Newcastle ahead of a London Jazz Festival date. European free form and composed elements will dazzle the student audience. Open to the public, this is a rare opportunity for those into such adventures. Free admission.       
Russell.     

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