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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Thursday December 13

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society - Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 5:00pm. Fortnightly meeting.

Evening

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Holywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. 8:30pm. Free. Sitters in welcome!

Paul Skerritt - Hadrian’s Tipi, Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DZ. 6:00pm. Free.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Mark Toomey, Kevin Eland, Bruce Taylor - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Christmas Party night.

Lambton Big Band - South Causey Inn, Beamish Burn Road, Stanley DH9 0LS. Tel: 01207 235555. 7:30pm (doors 6:00pm). £15.00.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Julija Jacenaite Trio @ The Globe - June 10

Julija Jacenaite (vocals, shakers); Steve Glendinning (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex/photo from stock)
Once again, another great performance from this trio, to a small but appreciative audience in this Jazz Coop gig at the Globe. Many of the songs began with the whole song sung slowly, then a gradual build up of solos, scat and skilled interpretation. Wave began as a gentle sea, quiet voice and shakers, smooth scat, bass solo (early on), then with an extended ending, very rhythmical. Alice in Wonderland began with voice and guitar only. The A Train was running faster, with bass and guitar on the tracks together, then slower at the end, when it speaks of possibly missing the train or decreasing speed as it approaches the station.
There were some original songs from Julija’s recent CD: Moon Moods, Down By The River, and Lyja, which is about rain, ending with ‘I love you’ - sung in Lithuanian - and a song about a Facebook profile.

Love Me Or Leave Me had Julija doing skilled wordless vocalising, with some amusing very low notes, and the guitar cheekily imitating some of the sounds. Misty, with a lovely slow guitar solo, and a song about an apple tree, in which a couple of people were handed the shakers, and we all helped with percussion with what we had in hand, in my case, the reviewer’s pen against a glass.
We joined in the chorus of the song that we’d done at the Durham Festival – ‘O Adiar, Adio, opa, opa, opa’, followed by a long guitar solo which was based on the tune that we’d just sung – great stuff. This was all rounded off with There’ll Never Be Another You, with solos, and Paul up at the dusty end of the bass fingerboard.
Another enjoyable night at the Globe.

Ann Alex

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