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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

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

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

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

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

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

The Dream Jazz Collective @ The Empty Shop, Durham - February 16.

Jelly Cleaver (vocal, guitar), Seth Evans (keyboards), Nikita Losak (bass), Guillaume Trionfo (drums).
(Review by Steve T)
This was a one-off special which Carlo hadn't spotted as a Jazz gig and promoted accordingly. You may think the clue was in the name and the band had contacted Bebop Spoken Here to see if there would be anyone around to review it, but Carlos’ instincts proved, if not spot on, then near the mark.
They're a London-based band but Jelly Cleaver is a graduate of Durham University. Her voice was way down in the mix but she has a classic soul voice albeit without the grain of Aretha, Gladys Knight etc., more Minnie Ripperton, Deniece Williams or Betty Wright - no pressure then.
She's elegant and exotic, stylish and stunning and plays a spanking Gibson, but like the speaker of the Commons, I want to hear her. The music is an exciting melting pot of Jazz, fusion, pop, hip-hop, soul, funk and rock, Meshell Ndegeocello the nearest comparison I can come up with.
Some odd key changes, syncopation, changes in tempo, assured rhythm guitar and suitably restrained soloing, including some wah-wah and feedback.
They have a single out on March 1 called Angela and they've gone for something a little more 'out there', which is great, flicking her guitar to 'rock' for her solo.
It was a short set, somebody said about twenty minutes though I guesstimated around forty. They repeated it at an Italian restaurant a couple of hours later from a cramped stage above the bar, and I clocked it at about half an hour. I get that they may only want to play original material, but for the time being, they need a couple of covers and, with such a wide range of influences, there's so much to choose from. They also need to sort out their sound problems her voice barely audible here and sometimes entirely inaudible.
Having said that, even more so than at the Empty Shop, the band were laying down some crucial grooves (man), which is, I'm guessing, why the Empty Shop took out the tables and chairs.
Their entourage, including Katie Meberly of Nintai, who fronted a fine pixie folk, Jazzy support set at the Empty Shop, and two other young ladies led some fine sync dancing, simple but stylishly delivered, which proved infectious sparking some Crazy Ellen show dancing from the regular punters, which I'd like to see become part of their set.
Definitely, one to watch.
Steve T.

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