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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.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Taupe @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University - October 11

Jamie Stockbridge (alto saxophone); Mike Parr-Burman (guitar); Adam Stapleford (drums).
(Review by Russell)
The scatter-skronk-noise-jazz commando team…so began the ICMuS blurb. What? Scatter? Skronk? ICMuS? Don’t be deterred, you ain’t as dumb as you look. As has been noted elsewhere…the rest is noise, or, if you like, it’s only noise. Please, don’t be afraid of the dark (there’s a song title in there, somewhere).

Taupe returned to Newcastle University, their seat of learning some three, perhaps four years ago. Today they walked into King’s Hall as alumni rather than three most promising undergraduates. Alto saxophonist Jamie Stockbridge did the talking. The PA was less than adequate rendering announcements all but inaudible.  To his left, guitarist Mike Parr-Burman, and, side-on to the audience, Adam Stapleford behind the traps. Was that a second snare? Stapleford peered through, and over, an array of shimmering cymbals, maintaining eye contact with his fellow alumni.


Following gigs at London’s Vortex and north of the border, this King’s Hall concert was a homecoming of sorts. Stockbridge acknowledged the undergraduate music students saying: This is for you guys! Would Taupe’s one set performance inspire, perhaps dispirit, the current cohort? The technical proficiency on show was of the jaw-dropping variety; these guys have been shedding for years and a gig such as this could be seen merely as an ‘open day’ – their world of work on public view.

Polyrhythmic madness, hammered-on guitar riffs, incisive alto sax, the use of two deluxe pedal boards (see photo), Taupe played it loud, well, most of the time they did and, what’s more, it didn’t scare the King’s Hall regulars. Some newer material and some older stuff (including Carnival’s Quarrel and perhaps their first ever tune Mammatus) impressed. Dazzling, complex stuff alright. New CDs and t-shirts were for sale, this the world of three Newcastle University alumni. On leaving King’s Hall two undergraduate guitarists were seen woodshedding in an adjacent practice room.  
Russell.

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