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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.

Friday, March 08, 2019

CD Review: Doug Raney & Nicolai Gromin - There Will Never Be Another You

Doug Raney & Nicolai Gromin (guitars)
(Review by Lance).

Recorded live at Sabine's Cafeteria in Copenhagen on July 6, 1993, There Will Never be Another You showcases two outstanding guitarists - both now sadly departed making this a valuable addition to their legacy.

Raney, son of guitar legend Jimmy Raney, followed very much in his father's footsteps playing in a crisp hornlike manner.

Doug Raney settled in Copenhagen, after accompanying his father on a  tour in 1977. The following year he met Moscow-born Gromin and they worked together regularly. They died within a year of each other in 2017.

Jimmy Raney recorded There Will Never Be Another You in 1952 when he was a member of the Stan Getz Quintet. Doug's solo on the same tune would have slotted easily into the earlier version. Like father like son and, in this case, there is no greater compliment to either, both having developed the ground rules laid down by Charlie Christian.

By contrast with the cool, bright, west coast sound of Raney, Gromin's tone is darker leaning more towards Jim Hall and Wes M and making for a delightful blend with neither overshadowing the other. The intricately interwoven lines are compelling. Solo and comping duties are interchanged with both players being easily identifiable. For those in doubt, Raney can be heard on the left channel and Gromin on the right.

A delightful set that will be especially appealing to northeast fans of Veitch & Strong, Birkett & Johnston, Williams & McCullough or perhaps any permutation of those six fine fretters.
Lance.
Something's Up (Doug Raney); My Funny Valentine; There Will Never Be Another You; Nardis; Ask Me Now; Cherokee; Estate; Blues For Thad (Nicolai Gromin).
Available March 22 on Stunt Records  STUCD18062

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