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Today Wednesday January 22

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Julija Jaceniate & Alexys de Alfaro - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Tom Rainey Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Air4ce - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 9:00pm. £TBC. Ginger Baker tribute featuring regional jazz & blues musicians.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Stuart MacCallum @ The Jazz Cafe January 22

The last time Stuart MacCallum graced this room was 18 months ago as a duet with fellow guitarist Mike Walker. On Friday night MacCallum played in an even smaller unit giving a thoroughly entertaining solo performance on guitar and electronics. The style he plays in is not classical jazz guitar even though there is plenty of improvisation going on. The music is a folksy cinematic kind of an affair. Numbers build up with wave upon wave of layers creating ambient, hypnotic, dreamy, haunting soundscapes. Original compositions such as Vital Space, inspired by an estate agent and Ewe Field, a song about a vegetarian guest house in The Lake District where coincidentally both Stuart and his parents went to for their honeymoons (although not at the same I imagine), were interspersed with classic favourites Alfie, When I fall in Love and that well known jazz standard Amazing Grace. Not an evening for the jazz purists but an entertaining one nevertheless.
Steve H

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