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Today Sunday June 16

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Free.

Musicians Unlimited - Park Inn, Park Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HU. Tel: 01429 233126. 1:00pm (doors 12 noon). Free.

Alice Grace & Ben Helm - Bonbar, Fenkle St., Newcastle NE1 5XU. Tel: 0191 232 8695. 1:30pm.

Jazz Social - Charts, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DX. Tel: 0191 338 7989. 4:00pm. Free.

Blues/Funk/Soul

The Panthers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 3:00pm. Free.

Sour Mash Trio - The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 5:00pm. Free.

Evening

Customs House Big Band - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 6:00pm. £13.00. ‘Swing on a Summer’s Evening’. The band’s 20th anniversary concert.

East Coast Jazz Jam - The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE. Tel: 0191 258 4111. 6:00pm. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quartet - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £6.00. ( (£3.00. student).

DU Jazz Soc jam session - Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St, Durham DH13NP. Tel: 0191 383 9290. 7:30pm. Free.

Francis Tulip Quartet - Black Bull, Bridge Street, Blaydon NE21 4JJ. Tel: 0191 414 2846. 7:30pm. £7.00. Line-up: Francis Tulip (guitar); Ben Lawrence (piano); John Pope (bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Ubuntu Music Signs Tenor Sax Titan Paul Booth

This is great news indeed! Ignoring the fact that most jazz folk in the northeast consider Paul to be the number one tenor saxophonist in the UK, if not further afield, the fact that a jazz committed label such as Ubuntu has the same vision offers comfort to us who wonder why he isn't up there as a contender. Truth is, touring the world with Stevie Winwood and company pays the mortgage but, perhaps takes him out of the jazz limelight.

Now, at last, we're going to hear Paul in the setting where his heart lies - a small group such as he worked with when he first burst upon the Newcastle scene as a precocious teenager blowing a tenor sax that I sold him - little thinking that, in years to come, my status could be compared to the guy who sold Trane his first sax!* 
I've long voted for Paul in the various polls but, not for any reasons of parochial pride, otherwise, why would I also be a champion of a well known Grecian tenor saxist ? 

No, Paul is one helluva tenor player which is why this new recording is well worth waiting for with baited breath - hurry up August.
Lance
*I also sold Don Weller a Rico Royal number 5 tenor reed - he didn't want a box.

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