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THURSDAY 24

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00pm - 10pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Further Reflections on Ushaw…


(Review by Russell)
The inaugural Ushaw Durham Jazz Festival welcomed visitors from County Durham and beyond. First-time visitors to Ushaw College were knocked out by the scale and grandeur of the former Catholic seminary. The jazz on offer similarly delivered a knockout blow. Concerts, talks, workshops, an artist in residence and a wander down Jazz Alley, Ushaw was, for three days, the jazz capital of the world.
Great music, plentiful food and drink, welcoming staff (many of them volunteers), made for a memorable first festival. Highlights? Ushaw itself, the fine weather, the people, the walk down Jazz Alley, the matchstick model of Durham Cathedral, Dennis’ quip: It’s a lang walk as he bade the second liners farewell on their march around Ushaw, Abraham Lincoln, a fire alarm, remembering Louis Stewart.
Members of Ryton Camera Club enjoyed themselves during the weekend. Two favourite photographs…Barnes and Adams having a ding-dong and Darlington lad Joe Williamson reflecting on the music of Square One. Credit to John Marlor for capturing the ding-dong and Gordon Carlton for the perfect distillation of Square One’s music.  
Russell.

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