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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.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Off Key Music - open rehearsal at St. Oswald's Church Hall, Hebburn - Feb.10

It had been over 4 years since I last heard Off Key. On that occasion, they gave a concert in the actual church. This morning it was in the adjoining church hall so, as it's on my doorstep and an open rehearsal I decided to drop in.

There have been changes-a-plenty during the intervening years. Whereas previously it was a more big band orientated set up they've now adapted to a brass/wind band format with cornets, Eb bass and tenor horn amongst the flutes, clarinets, saxes and trombone.

Much younger players too although I did spot a few older musicians. One thing in common, enthusiasm - anyone who turns up for a rehearsal at 10:30am on a Sunday morning has got enthusiasm to spare! No prima donnas here.

No jazz either but clever arrangements that were well within the scope of the lead players and not too taxing for the 2nds and 3rds.

Unfair to pass criticism as you don't rehearse the party pieces but concentrate on what will, hopefully, eventually become a signature dish.

Weel May the Wind Blow was a skillfully crafted blend of The Keel Row and Blow the Wind Southerly which, after a few starts and stops, was served to near perfection.

My only regret is I didn't have time to hang around for a bacon sarnie!
Lance

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