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Today Sunday June 16

Birthday wishes to Steve H.

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.

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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