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Today Thursday May 25

Afternoon
Vieux Carré Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Rd., Holystone, Newcastle (ish) NE27 0DA. 1pm. Free.
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Evening.
Strictly Smokin' Big Band - Millstone, Haddricks Mill Rd., South Gosforth NE3 3DB. 7pm. Free.
Maine St. Jazzmen - Potters Wheel, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5EE. 8:30pm. 0191 4888068.
Dulcie May Moreno - Bar Loco, Leazes Park Rd., Newcastle NE1 4PG. 8pm? Free? 0191 2325871 to confirm times etc.
Ray Johnson/Richard Herdman - Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £5.
Babmus - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. £3/£2 (students/MU).
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Doo Wop Dollies - Queen's Hall, Beaumont St., Hexham NE46 3LS. 8pm. £10. 01434 652477.
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Tees Hot Club w. Richie Emmerson (tenor); Kevin Eland (trumpet); Ted Pearce (keys); Mark Hawkins (drums) - Dorman's, Oxford Rd., Middlesbrough. 9pm. Free.
New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - The Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees. 8:30pm.
Pocket Jazz Orchestra - Ship, Church Lane, Redmarshall, Stockton TS21 1EP. Free. 8:00PM.
Paul Skerritt Band - Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. 7pm. £25 (3 course meal inc.)
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

The Lindsay Hannon Plus @ Jazz Café January 31

Lindsay Hannon (Vocal)  James Harrison (Piano) John Pope (D. Bass) Tom Chapman (Drums)  Guest appearance:  Ray Burns (Harmonica)
(Review by Kath Jobes).
I arrived at the Jazz Café at less than 2 minutes after 9pm and found myself having to pay the £4 door charge… a bit harsh I thought seeing as I had difficulty with the parking in town… but it was £4 well spent, as the Lindsay Hannon Plus have gone from strength to strength.   I have seen a number of changes in the line-up, the last time I saw them, at Sage Gateshead, there was a different drummer, but I have to say that the addition of Tom Chapman to the trio has brought a new energy, and boy oh boy are these guys ‘Jazztastic!’ 
James Harrison is an outstanding pianist, with a bright and enthusiastic style, John Pope can slap that bass and indeed he does… he too has energy and style like no other, and the latest and superb addition of the very talented Tom Chapman has upped the performance of this exuberant trio,  it’s a real  pleasure to watch the interaction and grins that show huge enjoyment of their craft. 
Now it could be said that I have a bias when it comes to Lindsay Hannon, as she has taught me so much in my Monday evening Jazz class at the sage… Blue Jazz Voices, and I still have so much to learn.  Lindsay’s repertoire is varied and interesting…. From the Doors to Joni Mitchell, and then there are the fabulous interpretations of Jazz Standards that never cease to delight the audience.  Lindsay has a way of connecting with an audience that brings out a wonderful empathy, and this evening’s performance was outstanding…. I have never seen the re-opened Jazz Café so packed out for a performance; best night yet said the Staff, good news for the Pink Lane Co-op as this was their Final Friday Event, so if this is a taste of what is to come, Final Fridays are not to be missed!
The night kicked off with a Doors number The Spy, and from the sultry start this tale grew into a raunchy and sexy account before returning to the sultry conclusion… the audience were entranced!   Cheek to Cheek was followed by a Joni Mitchell number, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and then a lovely interpretation of Nature Boy, that really gave John Pope the chance to get into the groove.  A 12 bar blues, Ain’t  got Nothin’ but the Blues brought a change of tempo and the ballad You've Changed, was poignant and beautiful. 
Things livened up again as In Walked Bud, with a stupendous drum Solo from Tom Chapman, and we came to the end of the first set with a raunchy and emotive So Long Big Time.
Lullaby of Birdland kicked of the second set, and was followed by an Iceni number, Heather Forever.  For those who don’t know, Iceni describes themselves as ‘purveyors of disco-infused power pop’ … another great band that Lindsay plays bass and sings with.  Iceni supported Jamie Cullum at Sage Gateshead last October and can be seen on Feb. 7 at Boiler Shop Steamer… is there no end to this lady’s talents!  Indeed not as we were then treated to a Joshua Redman number, Wish with words written by Lindsay Hannon, that tells us that she is ‘just a hopeless refugee’.
The next number saw the addition of Ray Burns to the musicians, to play a harmonica solo during Deed I Do, then the trio all got to display their various talents during a lively Everybody Knows before moving onto a gentle interpretation of Old Fashioned Hat that ended beautifully with just Lindsay and the bass.  Love Me or Leave Me brought the return of Ray Burns, the audience really love this guy, and who wouldn't what a great musician.  I've Got News For You was supposed to be the final number of the set, but the crowd roared for more and Lindsay did not disappoint her public with a beautiful ballad, Some Other Time…. And yes indeed, I will be there as many other times as I can... and I can’t wait for the release of the recently recorded CD… so keep an eye out for its launch as I am certain that will not be a night to be missed either!
Kath J.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
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