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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Sweet & Hot @ Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - May 18

Sweet & Hot: Jeff Barnhart (piano, vocals); Anne Barnhart (flute, vocals); Spats Langham (guitar, banjo, vocals); Graham Smith (drums, washboard)
(Review by Russell)

The Barnharts have been up and down the motorways on the first of their two extensive annual tours, Spats Langham has been busy crisscrossing Europe and Graham Smith has been putting the finishing touches to this year's Pershore Jazz Festival. Busy though they are the four friends made time to play a few Sweet and Hot gigs with Darlington's St Augustine's Parish Centre a favourite on the itinerary.     

Once again the larger-than-life Jeff Barnhart found time to say hello to everyone - a not inconsiderable number! - including a visit to the kitchen as staff were taking dozens of orders for teas and coffees. Soundcheck complete, Jeff and his other half Anne were joined by Spats Langham and Graham Smith to open the first of two sets with Everbody Loves My Baby. Typically upbeat, just the sort of start one would expect. More staples followed - Blue SkiesPineapple RagBlack and White Rag (think Pot Black, BBC 2), Rubber Plant Rag (it would become better known as The Coffee Grinder), yes, the punters got what they wanted and more...

The extra dimension to this Saturday lunchtime concert came in the form of flautist and singer Anne Barnhart. The presence of the conservatoire-trained flautist presented the quartet with an opportunity to include a couple of numbers which would otherwise be the preserve of bop-era musicians - On Green Dolphin Street (Spats playing banjo!) and Bernie's Tune and majestic Township jazz from Abdullah Ibrahim (Water from an Ancient Well), the latter featuring Anne Barnhart's sensitive flute playing.  

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club's many loyal supporters certainly got a varied bill of fayre which, for your BSH correspondent, wasn't bettered all afternoon by Spats Langham singing Brownie McGhee's Born with the Blues. Spats with his trusty, battered six-string acoustic guitar and voice - truly memorable.   
Russell

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