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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.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

CD Review: Anthony Strong - Me and my Radio

(Review by Lance).

Those who were at Hoochie Coochie back in 2015 to hear Strong with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band will surely remember his knockout performance. Or you may have heard him on discs such as Stepping Out or Delovely both of which seem to have been stepping stones towards this latest offering.

A mix of originals, standards and more, relatively, recent pop songs, Strong is in good voice booted along by the most swinging of big bands and, of course, his own piano playing. Think Georgie Fame and you're in the ballpark although not necessarily on the same team - Strong is very much his own man.


It's a most enjoyable experience. The singer doesn't put all his eggs in one basket which probably appeals to the wider public although the listener who is hip to the superb Gambler's Blues may struggle with As Long as She Needs me

On a Marché Sur La Lune - an original by Strong - captures the mood of a Parisian cabaret bar back in the 1930s. Sung in French it's a jaunty chanson with a spiky clarinet solo by Simon Marsh. After the authentic-sounding vocal, you'll be hard-pressed not to refer to Anthony Strong as Monsieur Strong! YouTube.

Well worth checking out prior to its release on April 19.
Lance.
You to me are Everything; Ain't Misbehavin'; My Cherie Amour; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Smile; Anything goes; On a Marché Sur La Lune; Gamblin' Man Blues; Sixteen Tons; As Long as She Needs me; Ocean.

Anthony Strong (vocals/piano); Spencer Brown (bass); Andy Ball (drums); Louis Palmer (drums on track 1); Nicholas Costley-White (guitar); Louis Dowdeswell (trumpet); Simon Marsh (reeds); Igor Butman (tenor sax solo track 2);  Callum Au (trombone); Dasha Logan (backing vocals); Jim Allen (whistling); Thomas Gould, Phoebe Snelling, Clare Kennington, Tina Jacobs-Lim (violins); Helen Sanders-Hewitt, Jennifer MacCallum (violas); Miriam Wakeling, Kirsten Jensen (cellos). 

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