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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

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.

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra @ Jesmond Library - May 5

Joe Davies (trumpet, leading, introductions); Ollie Presland (trumpet); Bertie Marks (trombone); Esther Coombes (alto sax); James Cuxson (guitar); Jack Deere-Jones (bass guitar); Kweku Bimpong (drums)
(Review by Ann Alex/photos courtesy of Liz Armstrong).
Part of the Jesmond Festival, which is in full swing, especially at last night’s jazz do which took place in Jesmond library. The library was saved from closure by the efforts of the goodly people of Jesmond, who took it over as a community project.  As Joe Davies commented, ‘This is ironic that we should be playing for pleasure in a library, where we are usually studying’, or words to that effect. This was just some members of the band, as students are currently busy with exams and we were lucky to have the bass guitarist, who had risen from a bed of sickness.
They began with Miles Davis’ Solar, with trombone on the first solo of the evening, a little unsteady until he hit his stride, then it was all systems go for the rest of the gig, with some clapping along from the audience during the later numbers, and some fine playing, as you’d expect. Coltrane’s Mr P C followed, call and response from the two trumpets and a cute vibrato effect from Mr Davies, and an early drum solo. All of Me, (number 20 in their pad); and a smooth Misty with brushed drums from a drummer who is one to watch. A fast Autumn Leaves with a skilled sax solo. It was good to hear Davis’s classic So What to open the second set, with solos from nearly everyone and small interjections from the others. Is this what they call noodling?  It works, anyway.
Joe then introduced what he called ‘lift music’ – Girl from Ipanema, then we clapped along to a muted trombone on Blue Monk. During Four, sax, trumpet, and trombone seemed to be doing not 4’s but 1’s. An enjoyable evening’s jazz was rounded off with It Don’t Mean A Thing and the protest number I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free, with final lively solos from all except bass and drums.
Ann Alex

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