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Today Sunday June 16

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Monday, March 07, 2016

CD Review: Aki Rissanen Trio - Amorandom

Aki Rissanen (pno); Antti Löjönen (bs); Teppo Mäkynen (dms). 
(Review by Lance).
We don't get very many jazz discs for review from Finland although this one actually came via London and Edition Records. So, in these cash-strapped times, when the team at Edition give it the thumbs up it's obviously got something.

Downbeat described Rissanen as  a Rising star around Europe. Dave Liebman said, "He [Aki] is one of the best young pianists I have heard in years." The Guardian [John Fordham?] kicked in with "A melodic imagination and instinct to blend the familiar into unfamiliar shapes." So accurately put that it makes me realise why he is working in the lofty heights of The Guardian and I'm going down the mean streets and shadowy alleys of BSH!
But yes, that does some it up so well. thank you John.
Contemporary piano, for sure, but not beyond comprehension - how could it be? it was composed for an animated film realised by, I quote, the grand old man of the Finnish animation scene, Antti Peränne.
I want to see that film!
Listen to Bird Vision.
Lance.
Available now on Edition Records.

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