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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, March 01, 2019

CD Review: Nick Grinder - Farallon

Nick Grinder (trombone); Ethan Helm (saxophone); Juanma Trujillo (guitar); Walter Stinson (bass); Matt Honor (drums) 
(Review by Russell)

Nick Grinder grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and began playing professionally whilst still at school. In pursuit of a master's degree the trombonist relocated to New York from where he has released his second album as a leader. The record label's name - Outside in Music - perhaps gives an indication of where Grinder's quintet is coming from/heading to. 

The opening bars of New and Happy definitely has one foot in the Jimmy Giuffre-Paul Desmond school yet, as the music develops, the quintet steps outside, takes a look inside and comes up with its own credible, cohesive sound. Inaction is a commentary on one of America's most pressing issues and the politicians' inadequate response to it. Grinder's composition is a lament for Trayvon Martin. Deciduous spotlights Ethan Helm's agile alto saxophone work in an extended, improvisatory section picked up first by Grinder surrounded by guitarist Juanma Trujillo's haunting, off-shore soundings with bassist Walter Stinson and drummer Matt Honor contributing with the utmost sensitivity throughout.   

The title track - Farallon - references a group of islands several miles out to sea from Grinder's childhood Californian home. Visible, yet tantalisingly out of reach, the Farallon Islands (home to bird colonies and a few biologists) have long held a fascination for the bandleader and the album's sixty two minutes playing time charts a carefree, free-as-a-bird state of mind lovingly crafting nine tracks in total, all written by Grinder except for the closing cut - Monk's Reflections. This Outside In Music release is a fine album offering something new on each hearing, a sure sign that Farallon is up there with the best new albums of 2019. Recommended.                         
Russell
Nick Grinder - Farallon is available from Outside in Music (OIM 1907). 

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