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Craig Taborn: "Every sound you make is a choice, and it's a choice made in relation to everything happening around you" - (DownBeat, May 2019).

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Today Thursday April 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival Launch - Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN. 7:00pm. £5.00. Featuring Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston.

JR Trio - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. (£3.00. student). Line-up: James Romaine (alto sax); Asaph Tal (double bass); Kai Chareunsy (drums). Birmingham Conservatoire student trio. Gig replaces Francis Tulip Quintet (to be rescheduled).

Archipelago + Paul Taylor - Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SE. Tel: 0191 232 0192. 7:45pm. £8.00. (£6.00. concs). JNE.

Anth Purdy - Dormans Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free. Tees Hot Club: Dormans Jazz Festival.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Joseph Carville Trio - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle NE1 4PG. Tel: 0191 232 5871. 8:00pm. Free. Carville (piano), Allan Peat (double bass), Mark Rayner (drums).

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Beaumont Hotel, Hexham - Feb 11

Ruth Lambert (vocals); Giles Strong (guitar); Paul Susans (double bass)
(Review by Russell)

The Beaumont Hotel is under new ownership and the first signs of change are now apparent. A ground floor corridor has become an off-limits building site with, no doubt, further renovations in the pipeline. What hasn't changed is the Monday evening jazz gig.

This week Ruth Lambert made a welcome return visit. Guitarist Giles Strong and bassist Paul Susans once again joined the Tyneside based vocalist to play a selection of GASbook numbers. Secret LoveDindiMy RomanceDetour Ahead...who could ask for anything more? Ms. Lambert's innate sense of swing gives her a distinct advantage over the many pretenders to her crown. At one point your correspondent mused: Ruth could swing the phonebook.


If taste is a prerequisite - when singing the GASbook it surely is - Lambert, Strong and Susans have it in abundance. Guitarist Strong makes it look easy - as accompanist and soloist - and Paul Susans' bass playing is up there with the best of them. A tasty trio indeed, 'S Wonderful, you could say. Time After Time (wonderful upper register swing from Lambert) then Luiz Bonfá's A Day in the Life of a Fool brought the first set to a close.

The Mordue Brewery's Workie Ticket occupied the bar as the Beaumont Hotel's many diners occupied the dining room. Our trio settled into a corner to enjoy a well-earned meal. Another pint of Workie Ticket, a biscuit - they were on the bar, so why not? - and the second set was upon us. 

Paul Susans' solo on Beautiful Love set the standard for the second set, vocalist Ruth Lambert followed up singing the beguiling verse to Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered and the bewitched audience (a few diehards there for the jazz plus the many diners) agreed There is no Greater Love. Jobim's Agua de Beber presented Giles Strong with another opportunity to show what he could do with timeless material and as the nine o'clock finish approached the trio went out on Angel Eyes, a restrained West Coast Blues (Ms. Lambert can wind it up when the mood takes), No Moon at All and There Will Never Be Another You.

Next week (Monday 18) the Dean Stockdale Trio will entertain the diehards and the diners. Why not join them? Seven o'clock 'til nine.   
Russell

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