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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hand to Mouth @ Jazz Cafe Mezzanine - March 27

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitar)
(Review by Russell)

The second in a new fortnightly Wednesday afternoon session at Jazz Cafe Mezzanine attracted another good crowd eager to hear Hand to Mouth. The duo comprises the legendary Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass or rather the pairing of Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston. 

Legendary status isn't forged let alone conferred in an afternoon and here on the first floor at Newcastle Arts Centre vocalist Lindsay and guitarist Bradley were about to write another chapter on their way to international stardom...The Very Thought of YouDindiI Wish I Were in Love Again, it had been a good start to the first set. 
Ellington featured throughout the afternoon - All Too SoonI Ain't Got Nothing but the Blues and In My Solitude (first set) and Take Love Easy (second set) - with Lindsay/Ella in fine voice, scatting a little here and there as Bradley/Joe (close your eyes and they're near enough one and the same) gave a fingerstyle jazz guitar masterclass. 

You're Blasé sang Lindsay/Ella, later silencing the clinking afternoon teacups with a hushed take on the precocious Billy Strayhorn masterpiece Lush Life. Pots of tea and mugs of coffee were done, one or two beers too, as Lindsay and Bradley took us up to the four o'clock finish with a couple more standards including yet another highlight - McHugh and Fields' I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby. 
Russell

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