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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.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Jam Session @ the Dun Cow, Jesmond - March 6

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Joel Shaw, Archie Williamson (drums); David 'Showtime' Gray (trombone); Ray Burns (harmonica/vocals); Niffi Osiyemi (vocals).
(Review/PHOTOS by Lance)

For a while, it looked as if the audience would number two, apart from a couple of girls playing Monopoly (whatever became of darts and dominos?) which, nevertheless, didn't deter the house trio who drifted through It Could Happen to You; Nature Boy; an unidentified blues; I Fall in Love Too Easily and Beautiful Love. All done very tastefully.

John Taylor of Ashington also drifted in and out missing all of the action which took place in the second set. 

Audience numbers multiplied with the arrival of a contingent from Newcastle Uni Jazz Orchestra none of whom had brought their instruments with them although drummer Williamson did sit in later on.
Another drummer, Joel Shaw, a former oppo of Paul Grainger and George Sykes (now in China), spelled Rob Walker for Moanin' and several more numbers including a lengthy version of Misty that had Ray Burns singing and playing harmonica along with bass and piano solos.

David Gray's casual attire contrasted with Burns' formal apparel. Brandishing a Bb & F 'bone he demolished Green Dolphin Street - the larger bored instrument giving a fuller sound although perhaps not with quite the same agility that he displays on tenor trombone.   Joel Shaw soloed on the next number before a scintillating Doxy by which time, Showtime had tamed the beast and was sliding effortlessly through the changes.

Archie W was now on drums and Niffi had the mic. Orange Colored Sky - Flash, Bang, Alakazam - this was it! Sweet Georgia Brown - the Harlem Globetrotters meet Niffi Osiyemi!

The wonderful thing about jam sessions are the unexpected permutations they throw up such as a harmonica & trombone front line playing what may have been Bye Bye Blackbird before Niff returned for Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. A fine finale.

Back again on April 3.
Lance.

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