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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, April 20, 2018

CD Review: Sundae + Mr Goessl - When You’re Smiling

Kate Voss (vocals, melodica, bells); Jason Goessl (guitars, chimes); Adrian Van Batenburg (drums, tracks 1 4 7 8 10 12 14); Sam Esecson (drums, perc, tracks 2 5) Robb Davidson, Jason Goessl (backup vocal track 12)
(Review by Ann Alex)
Although there are lots of jazzy characteristics, in a record store (remember them?) this CD would probably be in the rack marked ‘Easy Listening’ which is really what it is. 
Ms. Voss (aka Sundae) has a suggestion of Billie Holiday in her voice and she was actually voted Seattle Jazz Vocalist of the Year in 2017.
Despite this accolade, I found the jazz content to be quite low which begs the question as to what is jazz and what isn't? Particularly when it comes to singers.
Embraceable You shows lots of vocal colour and another of the better tracks is The Best Is Yet To Come, a bouncy swinging version; rather romantic because the singer and guitarist were recently married.
Goessl proves to be an adept guitarist, providing a sound harmonic basis for his new bride’s singing as well chipping in with a few short solos and providing the backing vocal on 'S’Wonderful. Sundae, herself, adds some additional lines on that maverick keyboard, the melodica.

1 When You’re Smiling  2 Perhaps 3 Stardust 4 Bye Bye Blues 5 If The Stars Were Mine 6 Embraceable You 7 The Best Is Yet To Come 8 Caravan 9 Bang Bang 10 A Love I Can’t Explain 11 A Wink And A Smile 12 'S Wonderful  13 My Blue Heaven 14 Anytime 15 Crescent City Blues
Ann Alex.
The CD, When You’re Smiling was self-released on March 6.

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