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On This Day: December 14

2009: Jim Birkett Trio w. Sue Ferris @ The Cherry Tree.

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

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

Friday, July 10, 2015

Pilgrim Street Set @ Hoochie Coochie. July 9

Richard Burns (trumpet), Gary Turner (tenor saxophone), Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Susans (bass) & Rob Walker (drums)
(Review by Russell/Photo from a previous gig.)
Cocktails, continental beers, Gregory Porter on screen, the Pilgrim Street Set were ready to go. Guitarist Mark Williams in for the absent Paul Edis, the hottest funkin’ band in the known universe tore it up. The second Thursday in the month residents play for fun, play for the Hoochie Coochie regulars, everyone has a good time.
Wayne Shorter, Peter Erskine, Eddie Harris and a few originals. Pulsating jazz funk, Paul Susans and Rob Walker the band’s bass and drums fulcrum, Burns and Turner the power-house front line. The depping Mark Williams went into overdrive from the off – towering solos, matched by the massive sound of Gary Turner’s tenor. Richard Burns towered over everyone (the trumpeter is a six foot plus Aussie!) and he too scaled new heights – strong solos time and again.
Freedom Jazz Dance and a Susans’ original were but two of many highlights. As a tribute to the late Ornette Coleman the band played Ramblin’. This wasn’t an act of opportunism by the Pilgrim Street Set, the tune has been in the pad from day one. Gary Turner’s tunes are always worth hearing; on this gig he dug out Armadillo and Conkers – or was it titled Conquers? Conquers would, perhaps, be apposite as he (Turner) and the band beat off all challengers!
Next month, Thursday 13th, eight o’clock. Free admission. 
Russell.

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