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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, March 09, 2019

The Cellar Boys @ Bix Fest, Racine, Wisconsin - Mar 8

(Review by Russell)

The Cellar Boys were the main attraction on Friday evening at Bix Fest 2019. Andy Schumm and the boys gig regularly in the Chicago area and for this festival appearance up in Wisconsin a couple of deps made up the numbers. During the course of the evening, a slew of sitters-in would join the party including Whitley Bay favourite David Boeddinghaus. 

ClementineDinah, the opening numbers featured Schumm at the piano. The man's main instrument - trumpet/cornet - stayed in his gig bag this evening with a more than adequate trumpet-clarinet/alto sax frontline. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out brought Boeddinghaus to the stand as Schumm switched most effectively to tenor sax. My Gal  SalSomeday You'll be Sorry, the line-up now changing at a rate of knots. The Cellar Boys' Paul Asaro decided it was time to play some piano alongside regular Racine swing dancer Peter Ho who just happens to play hot trumpet! 

Two hours or so had flown but not before Dave Bock was up for playing tuba. It had been quite some evening and it wasn't over yet. 

Ragtime piano masters Reginald Robinson and John Reed-Torres offered a taste of what was to come during their Sunday afternoon concert performance with a short demonstration of their talents accompanying a series of silent movie shorts from the early years of cinema. Talent in abundance, Sunday promises to be something special.
Russell

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