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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, May 13, 2018

Joy Ellis Quartet @ The Globe Jazz Bar, Newcastle - May 12.

Joy Ellis (piano/vocals); Chris Montague (guitar); Henrik Jensen (bass); Adam Osmianski (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Q: When is a trio not a trio?
A: When it's a quartet!
The gig was advertised as The Joy Ellis Trio but, after counting twice and double-checking with the lady sharing my table, we both agreed that there were definitely 4 bods making it a quartet. Our curiosity turned to joy (as opposed to Joy) when we realised the ringer was none other than local boy made good, guitarist, Chris Montague.

Joy used James Kitchman on her previous visits to these parts and on the album which this concert was based around, Rob Luft, so Chris had some big boots to fill which he did admirably.
The aforementioned visits included gigs in Hexham, Durham and Newcastle the last two of which were reviewed by Steve T and Russell respectively. I also reviewed the album Life on Land last October. So, Joy wasn't an unknown quantity to me.
All of the plaudits reaped upon her in those previous reviews were upheld and if there was a downside it was the early mic problems. Fortunately, these were overcome and, once we could hear the lyrics clearly, those who weren't familiar with them now realised that they had in their midst, not only a fine singer and pianist but also a songwriter of great merit. Add her Pittsburg born husband and drummer Adam, Chris from Gateshead and Henrik from Denmark and you have a truly international team of stars. Joy, by the way, is from Sussex.
The songs, in the main, were portraits of life through our composer's eyes reflecting the rich landscape she lives in whether it be urban London or rural Sussex. Close your eyes and we were there with her From Dusk Till Dawn, When the Snow Falls, Ice on the River, in The City, listening to The Jazzman and more.
A rewarding experience.
Lance.

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