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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.

Friday, December 01, 2017

Alter Ego @ The Globe - November 30

Keith Robinson (alto saxophone), Niall Armstrong (tenor saxophone & flute), Dave Hignett (trumpet & flugelhorn), Andy Hawking (piano), Paul Grainger (double bass) & David Francis (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Baby, it’s cold outside…I really can’t stay. It was cold outside, it was cold inside. As snowflakes fell the band must have wondered if anyone would turn up. A bottle of Black Sheep, a half glass, ‘hello’ to the few hardy souls (the band), quick, choose a seat. Newcastle’s Jazz Co-op on Railway Street was open for business.
Alter Ego got cracking with some familiar material. First, Blues Marx with Niall Armstrong loosening up on tenor, a brisk In Walked Bud, the band now nicely warmed up (musically speaking!), time for Keith Robinson to cut loose on Andy Hawking’s Scriabin Scraps. There’s something about the alto; cutting, calling, insistent. Ron McClure’s Sunburst turned up the thermostat (the heating was on), a flugelhorn feature for Dave Hignett bookended by flautist Armstrong on Sudden Samba, a typically good set from Alter Ego brought to a close with Kenny Garrett’s robust Computer G featuring Dave Hignett’s blues breaking flugel solo. Keith Robinson thanked the audience (there was an audience) for making the effort on a night such as this as the boys in the band headed to the bar.

Dexter Gordon’s Cheese Cake a tasty second set first bite with a ravenous Andy Hawking playing some great piano. The absent Tony Abell’s Llangranog Blues heard from Dave Hignett on trumpet – Dave, don’t blow the roof off, not tonight, it’s freezing! – and a solo feature for depping bass man, Mr Paul Grainger. Keith Robinson would later acknowledge PG’s sterling contribution in reading a snow flurry of dots on the night. Dog Leap Bounce (comp N. Armstrong) called for more alto from Robinson, and as the evening drew to a close with Bobby Watson’s cleverly constructed A Wheel within a Wheel featuring the swooping horns of Robinson, Armstrong and Hignett, the man at the back, drummer David Francis, job done, packed away his Art Blakey drum tutor for another day.        Russell

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