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Today Thursday June 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Arc, Dovecot St., Stockton on Tees TS18 1LL. Tel: 01642 525199. 7:00pm. £12.00. + £0.10. bf. ‘Jazz & Tapas’ - booking essential.

Ruth Lambert Quartet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00.

Heller-Glendinning: Billie Meets Kurt - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm (doors). £6.00. (£3.00. student).

Acoustic Infusion - The Forum, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £5.00. Line-up: Alan Thompson (tenor sax); Rick Laughlin (piano); Bruce Rollo (double bass); Ian Halford (drums). Now Abbie Finn on drums.

Durham University Concert Band + Grollingwood Big Band - Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30pm. £10.00., £9.00., £8.00.

Durham University Big Band - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. £6.00. (£5.00 concs.). JNE.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax), Dave Archbold (keys) - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Finn Whettam Rhodes @ Quakerhouse, Darlington. Nov 13

Abbie Finn (drums), Joe Whettam (guitar) & Alistair Rhodes (bass) + Beth Roberts (alto saxophone), Omar Shade (tenor saxophone), Matthew Robinson (trumpet) &
Tom McDonald (trombone)
(Review by Russell/Photo from archive)
Drummer Abbie Finn came to prominence in the Durham County Youth Big Band. At present studying at Leeds College of Music, Finn recently made a big impression when sitting in at the Jazz Café’s regular jam session up the road in Newcastle. A Darlington Jazz Club engagement at the Quakerhouse is a home turf gig for Finn and no doubt felt relaxed about performing in front of so many familiar faces. Joining the drummer on an early Sunday evening gig were fellow Leeds undergraduates Joe Whettam and Alistair Rhodes.
The upstairs room in the ancient Quakerhouse pub on Mechanics’ Yard filled up with a large turn out there to hear one of their own. Finn Whettam Rhodes – a matter of equal billing – worked as a ‘standards’ trio: Nica’s Dream, Well, You Needn’t, a march-tempo drum pattern introducing On Green Dolphin Street, Finn assured, her bandmates a little tentative. Realising they were among jazz friends, Whettam and Rhodes began to play. Guitarist Joe Whettam, playing a Stratocaster, is a welcome departure from the student guitar shredding fraternity. The lightest of touches, timing, the ability to find space and refrain from filling it with another chord, another note, Whettam impressed. Footprints featured the guitarist and Solar featured the trio, with Alistair Rhodes undemonstrative, occasionally singing along to his bass solo, closing the first set.
Second set: Finn opted to use brushes in the close confines of the award-winning Camra hostelry with an effortless round of fours on Tadd Dameron’s Ladybird. Bassist Rhodes won applause for a considered solo on a seasonal Autumn Leaves and the trio impressed with a delicate reading of All the Things You Are. Darlington’s next generation (a year or two younger than Abbie, Joe and Alistair) sat in on a couple of numbers including There Will Never Be Another You. For the record, the four names to note: Beth Roberts (alto), Omar Shade (tenor), Matthew Robinson (trumpet) and Tom MacDonald (trombone).       
Finn, Whettam and Rhodes are a fine example of jazz education in action. There is little doubt we’ll be hearing more from the trio in future, and, before too long, many others!
Russell.

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