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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Bernicia Duo @ The Half Moon, Stakeford - January 1

Kenny Craig (tenor), Alex Heck (guitar).
What a fine way to usher in the new year. (OK 12hours late!) An excellent duo and a superb pint of Golden XPA.  Advertised and carried out as a 12noon to 3pm session this duo provided us with three action-filled three-quarters of an hour sets. A few friendships were renewed with the band & various musos in the bar, including Ashington guitarist/bandleader Mickey Balls. I had not realised that the Half Moon put on all styles of music on a regular basis. Something to look out for.

 Too many great numbers to mention them all. As I arrived there was a rainbow over the pub so Somewhere over the Rainbow went down well!  Many of the standards were covered including Fly Me to the Moon, Blue Bossa, Autumn Leaves and All of Me. Of special mention was a very soulful version of Autumn Leaves. A very polished and well thought out programme.

3pm came around all too quickly and the duo packed up the Transit. Off down the road  for a 6pm start at Gateshead with their main  band “The Chosen Few”
Alex Heck informed me he is on the Sunderland University music degree course at the Sage. He tells me that sadly the course is soon to come to an end. I'm sure these two fine performers will continue in successful music careers if their performance today was anything to go by.
John T.

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