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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.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Johnston/Edis @ Sage Gateshead

Bradley Johnston (guitar); Paul Edis (piano)
This free concert came out of the blue and provided me with a welcome opportunity to escape house-painting for an hour or so! Coffee and an excellent sandwich at the Concourse café then sit back for thirty minutes or so of top-class jazz served up by two top-class players.
The “mini-set” kicked off with Days of Wine and Roses then kicked on with Wes Montgomery’s West Coast Blues – an apt choice to showcase some fine guitar work.
The mood slowed to a wistful My Funny Valentine then swung away again with Parker’s Donna Lee – or should that be Miles Davis’s?
The final number, Blues for Alice saw Edis letting rip on piano and drew generous applause from the lunching classes all of whom were there by chance rather than by design. One departing punter stopped to thank the musicians for “brightening up (his) day”: another stopped to ask where he might see them again!
More such free mini-concerts are envisaged in future – the next is scheduled for two weeks today. See social media for details.
Jerry.

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