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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.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

CD Review: Jo Harrop & Her Trio - Songs For The Late Hours

Jo Harrop (voice); Harry Sankey (guitar); Will Barry (piano); Joe Downard (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex)
As I’ve said before, we never rest at BSH. I was that person who leaped up to dance at Hoochie Coochie last week, and who was too tired after the Jazz Co-op workshop last Saturday. It was I who missed Ushaw whilst reviewing CDs, but folks, I now have my reward, this super CD from local woman made good, Jo Harrop and her trio. And the CD comes with album notes from one, Lance Liddle, who knows one or two things about jazz. Lance commends Ms Harrop’s ‘sultry, smoky voice, and points out that this singer is the ‘real deal’. I agree wholeheartedly.
The tunes are GASbook standards very suitable for cool, late night listening, or if it comes to that, any time of day listening.
As well as the vocal delights, there are solos for guitar and piano on most tracks, and the bass is featured on tracks such as Fine And Dandy, when it swings merrily alongside guitar and piano, and also on Sophisticated Lady, which effectively opens with just voice and bass.
More Than You Know is slow and pensively sung, with a wonderfully rippling piano solo; our singer interprets the lyrics well on You Turned The Tables On Me ‘I’d welcome anything from the five and ten cent store’.
Ms Harrop does blues to the manner born on I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl; Easy Street comes as a refreshing change from the other tracks as it’s not a love song, but a relaxing description of having an easy life with lots of money.
The disc opened with a fast You’re Not the Kind, straight in with a guitar solo, and the last track, You Taught My Heart To Sing, a fine example of this singer’s wide range.    
Tracks not so far mentioned are Gershwin’s How Long Has This Been Going On (not to be confused with the pop song of the same name, this song is lyrically much more interesting), and Two For The Road.
The CD is already released and is available direct from Jo (jordijo2002@gmail.com) or at one of her gigs. Lance described it as his album of the year – he may be right
Ann Alex 

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