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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Booker T. Jones @ Sage Gateshead - February 26

Booker T. Jones (guitar/B3/vocals); Ted Jones (guitar/vocals); Lawrence Shaw (bass guitar); Darian Grey (drums/vocals).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Russell).

Booker T on a jazz blog? Why not? His soulful sounds and vocals are closer to jazz than many of the so-called names headlining at a lot of jazz festivals worldwide. Proof that genre boundaries are becoming much less defined which is how it should be. 

The great man played Hammond, guitar, sang and gave a musical synopsis of his life. He may not have had his legendary M.G.'s but tonight's band certainly weren't Ford Anglias. The groove was in from the moment they let the clutch out.

A choice selection of hits with the biggest reaction given, not surprisingly, to Green Onions (as well as being Booker T's 'greatest hit' it's currently the soundtrack to a Birdseye TV ad!)


Other classics included Soul Limbo; Summertime (!); Born Under a Bad Sign; Knockin' on Heaven's Door; Purple Rain; Hip Hug Her (vocal by Grey); Melting Pot; Everything is Everything; Time is Tight and When Something's Wrong With My Baby.

90 minutes - maybe more - of nonstop action flew by in no time at all. On guitar, Ted Jones, Booker's son, impressed with some sizzling solos and vocals often duetting with dad whilst Shaw's bass guitar solo on, I think, Melting Pot drew the only mid-number applause of the evening. It was worth it.

A very enjoyable set that would have been fantastic if it had been in the more intimate surrounds of Sage Two or at a small club with a dance floor.
Lance.

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