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Today Friday January 24

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Dean Masser Quartet @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 1:00pm. £6.00. Masser (reeds), Dean Stockdale (piano), Ed Harrison (double bass), Gaz Hughes (drums). SOLD OUT!

Evening.

Dean Masser Quartet - Traveller's Rest, West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (doors 7:30pm). £TBC. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Masser (reeds), Dean Stockdale (piano), Ed Harrison (double bass), Gaz Hughes (drums).

Blues/Funk/Soul etc.

Big Joe Louis + Michael Littlefield - Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. Tel: 01642 729729. 8:00pm. £12.50. Blues.

Long Tall Mama - 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.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Preview: The Francis Tulip Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle, Sat August 5.

(Preview by Steve T/photo collage from archives)
The conception of this band can be traced to the Early Bird Band, Jambone, the Durham Gala Big Band, and various jam sessions in and around the North East. An embryonic form was initially named the Matthew MacKellar Trio, but any one of these four musicians could give the band their name - it's already been touted as a super-group - but the accepted convention dictates guitar, piano, bass, drums.
Francis and Matthew have been the most consistently exciting young musicians since they emerged from under the mentorship of Paul Edis, but Michael Dunlop on bass has proved himself their equal following a year at the Guildhall, with Joel Brown the new whiz kid on keys.
Anybody who wasn't already convinced had their heads turned at Matthew’s leaving bash, where many have claimed it was the set of the night; no mean feat on a bill which included, among others, Paul Edis.   
It's fitting their inaugural full-length gig should be at the Globe, where Matthew has played many times, and who asked if a couple of his mates could sit in during the break. And the rest, as they say, is history. This just might be one to tell the grandkids about. 
Steve T.                       

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