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Today Thursday December 12

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 12:00pm. Free.

Note earlier time for this week only!

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Evening

Jazz

Hot Club du Nord - Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Willerby Drive, Peterlee SR8 2RN. Tel: 0191 518 2000. 7:00pm. £10.00. (£5.00. under 18s). 'Jazz at the Lubetkin'.

Gala Big Band - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 03000 266 600. 7:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). ‘Gala Big Band Does Christmas’.

Durham University Big Band - Dunelm House, New Elvet, Durham DH1 3AN. Tel: 0191 334 1777. Free. 7:30pm. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Indigo Jazz Voices - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £5.00. (£2.00. student).

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Dave Stansfield (tenor sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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

Friday, June 21, 2019

Alice Grace Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - June 21

Alice Grace (vocals); James Harrison (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass)
(Review by Russell)

At one o'clock, with no sign of Alice Grace, Messrs Harrison and Grainger opened the show with a diverting Take the A Train. Would it be a duo gig? One eye on the door, would our star vocalist make it in time? Strolling in, cool as a cucumber, Ms Grace didn't pause for breath as she picked up the verse, the boys didn't blink, was this a cool entrance or what?!

Verse, chorus, scat, Alice Grace is the tops when it comes to GASbook material. A light yet commanding vocal style, Ms Grace chose a fabulous selection of numbers to sing - one or two of them usually performed with the mighty Strictly Smokin' Big Band behind her - in the company of friends James Harrison, piano, and bassist Paul Grainger. 
Our singer's distinctive, pitch-perfect vocals, lyric-scat-lyric sustained in the upper register, descending at will, Harrison's lightning response at the keyboard, Grainger in cruise mode - put this Bishop Auckland Town Hall gig down as a vocal masterclass. 

The big band numbers - The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else and You Turned the Tables on Me (the latter featuring Grainger's bass playing) - allowed AG to stretch out a little, free of the strictures of the big band chart. 

The ever-inventive Harrison conjured images of the caravanserai with a nod to Sweet Georgia Brown along the way on Juan Tizol's Caravan. As the one hour set drew to a close Ms Grace asked the audience what it would like to hear - Weaver of Dreams sent us on our way.

The setlist; A TrainThe One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else, One Note Samba (Abbie Finn on shaker!), Moonlight Saving Time,  You Turned the Tables on MeCaravanTeach Me TonightTaking a Chance on Love, Weaver of Dreams

Next month at BATH, Friday July 19 - John Settle's Vibe-ology. 1:00pm. £5.00. 
Russell

1 comment :

Patti said...

Awwww - I knew this was going to be a fabulous gig - but needs must, and I had to be elsewhere. Shame, shame, shame - but how lucky we are in this corner of Ingerland, to have such wonderful, top class jazzers as Alice, James and Paul. And to think Alice sang two of my all time favourite songs ..... oh well, some other time - and there's another one!