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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Monday, December 14, 2015

Jazz North East presents Schmazz, with LED BIB

Chris Williams, Pete Grogan (alto saxes); Toby McLaren (keyboards); Liran Donin (bass); Mark Holub (drums).
(Preview by Paul Bream).
I plugged this in last week's 'Alert', but we've all got lots to think about in the run up to Xmas, so a reminder wouldn't go amiss. In fact it would be remiss to miss it!
I mentioned that the band's newest CD, 'The People in your Neighbourhood', had been widely reviewed as the best of their twelve year career, but it's also worth emphasising that much of the praise centred on the fact that it's a live recording, capturing the excitement they generate at gigs. The Guardian referred to "the in-your-face urgency of a live album", and online magazine The Quietus, rather more expansively, hailed ""a near flawless blend of instantly memorable composed tunes and the kind of wild improvisation-informed sections that only really falls into place when a band has an extensive history of live performances to draw upon."
I first heard Led Bib very early in their career, playing to a small audience on a boat on the River Thames, and was instantly knocked out by them - an experience that has been repeated every time I've heard them since. And yes, good as their recored output has been, there is no substitute for hearing them live. With drummer/leader Mark Holub now living in Austria, who knows when they'll be back in town - so grab this opportunity while you can.
Paul Bream.
Wednesday 16th December | 8.00pm. Jazz Café | 25 Pink Lane | Newcastle NE1 5DW. 
Tickets £10.00 | £8.00 concessions from the Jazz Café (0191 222 9882), Reflex Records (0191 260 3246), or www.seetickets.com
Note: This gig is in an upstairs room inaccessible for wheelchair users

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