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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.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

CD Review: Lucia Jackson - You And The Night And The Music

Lucia Jackson (vocals); Ron Jackson (guitars, arrangements); Yago Vasquez (piano); Matt Clohesy (bass); Corey Rawls (drums) + Yaacov Mayman (ten sax track 5); Javier Sanchez (bandoneon track 6); Frederika Krier (violin track 6); Dan Garcia (guitars track 7); Samuel Torres (perc track 7).
(Review by Ann Alex).
We never rest at BSH. While some were enjoying themselves at Ushaw, I was at home reviewing CDs. To be truthful, I couldn’t face the journey by public transport, but I’ll walk from Durham City next year if I have to.*
To business.

Lucia Jackson, a native New Yorker who studied dance in Madrid, has also worked as a dancer and model. This, her debut CD, has arrangements by Ron Jackson (her father) of mainly GASbook material some with a Latin twist as well as The Beatles’ And I Love Him, and a number by Ms Jackson herself Feel The Love. Here is yet another fine woman singer with a more than capable band, and we should be glad.

Just One Of Those Things, begins Ms Jackson, clear-voiced vocals and the band are straight in with 4s, followed by a Latinesque Beautiful Love and a song, new to me, called Issues (Julie Michaels): ‘I got issues, you got them too, give them to me and I’ll give mine to you’, lyrically very up to date stuff. And I Love Him is a slow pensive ballad, sung just with guitar, fading out at the end. You and the Night and the Music features a swirling tenor sax, and I’m a Fool to Want you is a tango with a passionate violin and bandoneon (sounds like a smaller accordion) accompaniment. Feel the Love was written for Ms Jackson’s brother, and features flamenco guitar. The final track is When You’re Smiling, a song that our singer associates with her parents, and the only track on which she scats, which she does well. Other tracks are: Sophisticated Lady; No Regrets; Never Let Me Go; I Fall in Love Too Easily and Toda Una Vida.

The CD is released on the Roni Music label on September 14. It appears to be available on the usual online channels such as YouTube.  See www.luciajackson.com
Ann Alex  

*Lance has promised to squeeze me into the car next year!

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