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Today Wednesday January 22

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Julija Jaceniate & Alexys de Alfaro - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 1:00pm. £3.00. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Tom Rainey Trio - Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle NE1 1RQ. Tel: 0191 232 6400. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). JNE.

Air4ce - Quakerhouse, Mechanics' Yard, Darlington DL3 7QF. Tel: 01325 245052. 9:00pm. £TBC. Ginger Baker tribute featuring regional jazz & blues musicians.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival - July 12

(Review/photo courtesy of Sheila Herrick)

First on the main stage was the Manchester Jazz Collective - 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, keyboard, double bass and drums. A 10 strong ensemble of northern musicians and composers who created a full and wide-ranging sound. From brassy big band and South American flavoured numbers to lyrical pieces on sax and with welcome attention to dynamics which enhanced the set and the audience appreciation. Great playing and well-written pieces clearly enjoyed by players and audience alike.

The evening continued in a quite alternative fashion with the arrival on stage of Ponyland and their rabbit mascot. This band, led by Jordie Cooke took us on a lively trip to other levels. 
Behind the masks were Frankie O'Keeffe, vocals and audience participation MC, Faye MacCalman, sax, Jordie Cooke guitar, John Pope, bass guitar and vocals and Abbie Finn and Mark Johnson with a drum kit apiece. 

With a music of great energy and songs of soul, body and  omnipresent super-galactic oneness including elements of  punk, (Madness and pogo-ing), Klezmer Jewish Wedding song and dancing to match, samba/reggae rhythms, and spiralling up to space travel with a pulsing light show and dry ice, the overall effect was dramatic and unusual. 
I found the masks had a distancing effect on my engagement with the music, good that Frankie O'Keeffe dispensed with hers unless that was the effect sought. 
Sheila

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