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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.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hand to Mouth @ Ernest - Dec 24

Lindsay Hannon (vocal); Bradley Johnston (guitar).
(Review by Russell).
Sunday brunch at Ernest down in the Ouseburn. Chiristmas eve, brunchers and staff alike wearing seasonal jumpers. The band - the duo Hand to Mouth - made no concessions to the dominant dress code save for Bradley Johnston's Christmassy tie. 
All tables were reserved, variously 11:00am, noon and one o'clock. Arriving sometime after eleven, Joe Pass, aka B. Johnston, sat on a bar stool tucked away in the corner alongside shelves groaning under the weight of board games. Ella, otherwise known as Lindsay Hannon, would soon join Bradley to sing a few seasonal songs.  
Santa Baby, they all sing it, and that's just fine. Hearing it midsummer would be perfectly acceptable! Take Love Easy, Dindi, Let it Snow, the brunchers brunched, a few of them determined to acknowledge the jazzy duo with muted applause.     

Vocalist Hannon informed the room that after a short interval it would be audience participation time. Hmm, how to effect an escape? Chatting to Bradley during the interval your correspondent noticed that the lead in the BSH review pencil had broken. Oh well, one might as well go into town to do that last minute Christmas shopping! 

As Lindsay handed out song sheets - beautifully produced, stapled no less - it was time to make our excuses and brave the last minute hordes as Ernest's full house sang 'Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow'. 
Russell.

1 comment :

Lance said...

Tut! Tut! No spare pencil? Serves you right for giving Bob Cratchit Christmas Eve off,

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