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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

Society Trio @ Revolucion de Cuba - Feb. 9

Jason Holcomb (trombone); Alix Shepherd (keys); ? (perc.)
(Review by Lance).

As it's unlikely I'll ever get to Havana the best alternative seemed to be to drop in at the recently opened Revolucion de Cuba. Situated at the south end of the Cloth Market (it's número uno) opposite the former Balmbra's Music Hall where folklore has it that, on June 9, 1862, some folk set off to attend a race meeting at Blaydon. 

However, I digress, inside this Cuban colony, Blaydon could have been as far away as Havana. Exotic Caribbean cocktails were being quaffed, tapas tasted and wallets emptied faster than if you had been at the races. Fortunately, there were compensations for a £5.60 pint of a pale ale in the form of the Society Trio. Whilst the numbers I recognised were more Brazillian than Cuban - Desifinado; Ipanema; Quiet Nights - the feeling was there. They even managed to make the Beatles' She Loves You sound like a Salsa dance number.

Holcomb was muted for most of my short stay but kept the jazz going over the ethnic rhythms as did Shepherd. I didn't recognise the conga player but he knew his stuff and may even have been from 'over there'.

An atmospheric venue worthy of checking out.
Lance.

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