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Saturday, 1 June 2019

Russell Corbett's June North East round up

All eyes - and ears - on Durham this month. The third edition of DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival takes place over three days (Friday 7-Sunday 9) at several venues ranging from the small, not to mention quirky, Holy GrAle bottled beer shop to the splendour of Durham Cathedral. A pop-up festival hub will be in operation adjacent to the now closed Empty Shop venue. The Riverwalk location - shops, bars, restaurants - can't fail to attract the casual tourist which guarantees a public profile many a jazz festival promoter would die for.

Opening DJazz 2019 on Friday evening in the historic pitmen's parliament at Redhills will be Arun Gosh. The following evening festival headliner Moses Boyd brings his Exodus project to the Flass Street venue and late Sunday afternoon a treat awaits in Durham Cathedral with a duo set by pianist Paul Edis and Edinburgh-based Graeme Wilson (reeds). Dr Edis will be pulling out some/many/all of the stops as he attempts to get to grips with the pipe organ! Improvising guitarist George Burt will be calling into Holy GrAle to perform an unmissable set - perhaps he'll buy a few bottles! - but it should be noted the place is tiny, therefore, if you want to be sure of hearing the Scot, be sure to arrive early. The Matt MacKellar Band will be in town, similarly LoLanders, student bands and a North East Super Jam. For full details visit: www.djazzfestival.co.uk  

The opening night of DJazz (Friday 7) clashes with three other 'musts' - Vasilis Xenopoulos will be at Ushaw with the Paul Edis Trio, Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord entertains at Hullabaloo (the venue adjoins Darlington's Hippodrome) and in Saltburn the brilliant Brownfield-Byrne Quintet can be found in the Community Hall and Theatre. Toss a coin...

Much else is happening across the region during June; some of the highlights include maverick American Eugene Chadbourne working with drummer Andrew Cheetham at Newcastle's Star & Shadow Cinema (Monday 10), the Customs House Big Band celebrating its twentieth anniversary at HQ (South Shields' Customs House) on Sunday 16 (don't get caught out by the 6:00pm start) and, on the same night, the Francis Tulip Quartet will be at the Black Bull, Blaydon.

Three big band gigs to look forward to; the award-winning Durham University Big Band plays an end of term gig in Dunelm House (the Students' Union) on Thursday 13. It's open to the public, it's free admission and it's always a blast. One week later DUBB rocks up in Newcastle to fulfill a Jazz North East engagement in Newcastle Arts Centre's basement Black Swan venue. The other big band gig features the star-studded Strictly Smokin' Big Band at one of its regular haunts, Hoochie Coochie on Pilgrim Street in Newcastle. As usual it's a Sunday afternoon gig (5:30), the date for the diary - June 23.

Finally, this one could be a contender for Gig of the Year - Edinburgh's Tenement Jazz Band will once again be entertaining scores of swing dancers at the Prohibition Bar (formerly the Jazz Cafe) on Pink Lane, Newcastle on Monday 17. If you're in the vicinity don't miss the Tenements, they're seriously good. Well, that's scratched the surface, there's so much more jazz out there, go hear some of it!

Jun 1 Pedigree Jazz Band St Augustine’s, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Jun 3 River City Hot 4 Beresford Arms, Whalton NE61 3UZ
Jun 6 Paul Edis: Time & Place Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Jun 7 Vasilis Xenopoulos & Paul Edis Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Jun 7 Arun Ghosh DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival DH1 4BE
Jun 7 Brownfield-Byrne Quintet Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre TS12 1JW
Jun 7 Vasilis Xenopoulos w Paul Edis Trio Ushaw College DH7 9RH
Jun 8 Matt MacKellar Band DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival DH1 4SJ
Jun 9 Paul Edis & Graeme Wilson DJazz: Durham City Jazz Festival DH1 3EH
Jun 10 Eugene Chadbourne & Andrew Cheetham Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle NE2 1BB
Jun 13 Riviera Quartet Heart of Northumberland, Hexham NE46 3NS
Jun 13 Durham University Big Band Durham Students’ Union DH1 3AN
Jun 14 Tori Freestone & Alcyona Mick Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Jun 15 Tyne Valley Big Band Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival NE45 5AY*
Jun 16 Gerry Richardson Quartet The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Jun 17 Tenement Jazz Band Prohibition Bar, Newcastle NE1 5DW 
Jun 20 Ruth Lambert Quartet St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Newcastle NE4 9EJ
Jun 20 Acoustic Infusion The Forum, Darlington DL1 1SG
Jun 21 Alice Grace Trio Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Jun 21 Paul Donnelly Organ Trio Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Jun 22 Hot Club du Nord Scarth Hall, Darlington DL2 3LD
Jun 23 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Jun 27 Abbie Finn Trio The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Jun 29 Hot Club du Nord Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Jun 29 Northern Monkey Brass Band Old Coal Yard, Newcastle NE6 1JB
Jun 29 Big Band Theory The Witham, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY 

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