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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Friday February 23

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

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

Evening

Dock in Absolute - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00 concessions).

James Taylor Quartet - Hoochie Coochie, 54 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. £16.00. Doors 7pm.

Bullfrog Blues Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Crooners - Forum Theatre, Queensway, Billingham, Stockton on Tees TS23 2LJ. Tel: 01642 552663. 7:30pm. £20.00. Touring comedy Rat Pack production with Chris Hibbard’s nine piece Mini Big Band.

King Bees - Magnesia Bank, Camden Street, North Shields NE30 1NH. 9:00pm. Free.

Shamans Jazz Quartet + Collective Folamour - The Hearth, Main Road, Horsley NE15 0NT. Tel: 01661 853563. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Classic Swing @ The Ship, Monkseaton - January 30

Bob Wade (trumpet & flugelhorn); Jim McBriarty (tenor saxophone, clarinet & vocals); Gordon Solomon (trombone); Colin Haikney (piano); Bill Colledge (bass) & Tommy Graham (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
A combination of holiday commitments, the ravages of flu and the returning Jim McBriarty brought about one or two changes to the line-up at this week’s Classic Swing session in Monkseaton. The Ship on Front Street continues to do good business on a Tuesday lunchtime and it isn’t surprising given the quality of musician assembled by trumpeter Bob Wade.
Arriving at the same time as genial trumpeter Miles Watson, seats were scarce, the choice of beer Theakston’s Lightfoot, MW’s tipple a drop of the hard stuff. It Don’t Mean a Thing, Rockin’ Chair – two early opportunities for the returning Jim McBriarty to exercise the tonsils. Classic Swing’s Bob Wade lead the line with his now familiar bravura style making its mark on Swingin’ the Blues. The material more swing era than the usual mid-week Dixieland fayre on offer at other nearby coastal jazz haunts, the frontline oozed class, and relaxed with it. Either side of Wade, regular reedsman Jim McBriarty, playing tenor and clarinet and singing a few numbers, and, depping for Don Fairley, the one and only Gordon Solomon. Bebop Spoken Here’s Editor-in-Chief waxed lyrical reviewing last week’s session, delighting in the unexpected appearance of Gordon Solomon. One week on, our trombone maestro was once again to be heard playing on the session, this time as a first call dep for Don Fairley. Your reviewer is happy to confirm LL’s comments were 100% accurate. Ten years without playing a gig, then sitting-in, it was as if he’d been gigging non-stop all these years!
The first set drew to a close with Solomon’s fine playing on Just Squeeze Me, Tommy Graham’s delicate brushwork and some flugelhorn from Wade, followed by Perdido.

Second set drummer Graham blazed a trail on Caravan, the boys cooled down on Up a Lazy River and McBriarty sang I’m Beginning to See the Light. The frontline went to the bar leaving the stage to pianist Colin Haikney and his rhythm section partners Bill Colledge, bass, and Graham. Haikney played a request – Take the A Train…a good choice. The afternoon’s penultimate number proved to be the highlight – Jim McBriarty singing I’m Confessin’ with marvellous solos by Solomon and Haikney. Bob Wade brought matters to a close with a rousing take on Indiana
Russell.           

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