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

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, August 12, 2018

Jazz Social @ Charts - August 12

Stu Collingwood (piano, vocals); Andy Champion (double bass); Matt MacKellar (drums)
(Review/photos by Russell).
Here's that rainy day said the forecast. Humid, cloudy but the rain would hold off, wouldn't it? A last minute decision found your correspondent in Charts in time to catch the final number -  Days of Wine and Roses - of the second of three sets at the weekly Quayside Jazz Social. 

For Jazz Social read 'jam session'. The session, led by pianist Stu Collingwood, is slowly but surely attracting listeners as opposed to transient circuit drinkers. Joining Collingwood this week were Andy Champion and Matt MacKellar. The house trio could hold its own with the best of them and although one or two musicians dropped by sitters-in continued to prove elusive. 
An interval slice of pizza, a brief chat with a couple from Kent - they couldn't believe how good the musicians were! - then on to the final set of the afternoon. Our Love is Here to Stay, standard material except...Collingwood sang! Let's hear more next time, Stu! Sonny with  Stevie Wonder-style 70s keyboards and A Weaver of Dreams featuring Champion's top flight solo drew cries of 'Yeah!' from our Kentish Man visitor. 

Take Five featured Brubeck, Wright and Morello, aka Collingwood, Champion and MacKellar...Kentish Man was impressed a second time, no surprise really, these guys are the business! Time to go out on I Got Rhythm. Champion's arco bass solo party piece and MacKelllar's stupendous brushwork solo just about floored our Garden of England visitor. Aren't we Geordies lucky to hear this stuff here, there and everywhere, eight nights a week?! The audience wanted more so Stu and the boys obliged with C Jam Blues

Oh, yes...on leaving Charts glowering storm clouds framed the Tyne's many bridges and within minutes the heavens opened but it didn't matter, Jazz Social had your correspondent Singin' in the  Rain.
Russell.            

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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.
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