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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, February 09, 2019

Early Birds Flying High @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle - Feb 9

The Early Bird Band: Paul Edis (MD, piano, tenor sax); Emily McDermott (vocals); Lucien Guest (trumpet); Haaruun Miller (alto sax, soprano sax); Tom Henery (guitar); Alex Shipsey (bass guitar); Dylan Thompson (drums)

It had been a late night for Dr Edis. Gigging 'til late at Opus 4 Jazz Club, pianist and educator Paul Edis was up and about bright and early to meet up with half a dozen Early Birders for an early Saturday morning workshop. 

The Lit and Phil's Loftus Room is the regular rehearsal/performance space for the Early Bird Band's rapidly developing young musicians. 9:15am start, set-up and go. Two hours' worth of study then the doors open to a curious public. 


Four numbers today, the first of them Harry Edison's Centrepiece. Jambone vocalist Emily McDermott joined the boys - Lucien, Haaruun, Tom, Alex and Dylan - to get her head around Jon Hendricks' lyrics. It should be noted that Ms McDermott is a jazz singer in the making. A crystal-clear voice, as and when Emily discovers her 'jazz voice' we'll have another fine singer on the scene. Perhaps sitting-in at one of the many jam sessions across the region would be of benefit - check 'em out, Emily!

On Green Dolphin Street (heard last night on Alan Barnes' gig - see review), Our Love is Here to Stay (McDermott getting to know Ira Gershwin's lyrics - In time the Rockies may crumble...), the boys in the band shared the solos, both the frontline of trumpeter Lucien Guest and Haaruun Miller playing alto and soprano saxophones, and the ace rhythm section - Tom Henery, guitar, and the excellent bass and drums pairing of Alex Shipsey and Dylan Thompson.

The Early Birds have been working on My Favorite Things. Haaruun tackled the number the last time the Early Birds got together here at the Lit and Phil, and today, with Coltrane's take in mind, he had another go at it. This time he had Emily alongside to add Julie Andrews-like vocals. Now then, about those jam sessions...         

So, another productive Saturday morning at the Lit and Phil. There is more to come. 

Russell 


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