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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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Full Blast w. Peter Brötzmann @ the Lit & Phil - Oct. 6

Peter Brötzmann (reeds); Mario Pliakas (electric bass); Michael Wertümller (drums).
(Review by Steve T/Photos courtesy of Ken Drew)
Brötzmann is a big deal in European free jazz, maybe in jazz, and I suspect and hope he was, the reason this night was a sell-out.

Full blast it was, right from the off. Had Trane survived to use a bass guitar, he'd probably have done something like this. The bass player thumping his instrument percussively, relentlessly; the drummer clattering away like the proverbial bull; Brötzmann - like the guitarist and pianist before him - using his instrument to create sound; a noisy, raw, unbridled cacophony of unashamed power. 
There was no real melody to speak of; more a succession of crescendos, the dynamic created by the switching interplay of the three participants.  After fifteen minutes, it came to an end. A chance to catch our collective breath, to regroup before we were off again with more wailing sax in a bombardment of the senses which pinned you to the wall. 

Another break at thirty minutes while the bass player announced a third short piece; more of the same. Ideally, I'd have had more of this and either of the support acts doing half an hour, but most here seemed to think the whole night was some sort of second coming, and I'm left wondering what they considered the first. 
Photos.
Steve T


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