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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Nathan Lawson Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Press release: Sentient Beings – Truth is Not the Enemy (Discus Music)

Faith Brackenbury (violin, viola); John O’Gallagher (alto sax); John Pope (bass); Tony Bianco (drums)

A set of  high intensity free jazz interactions captured live at The Vortex, London in early 2024. Brackenbury and Bianco have worked together as a duo for a number of years and this is their third Discus Music release, following their opening fire music statement Rising Up (112CD) and the mystical Hildegard von Bingen + Coltrane inspired Wayward Mystic (140CD). 
The addition of Pope and O’Gallagher expands the duo into a formidable improvising quartet.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Album Review: Lakecia Benjamin – Phoenix Reimagined (Live) (ropeadope)

Lakecia Benjamin (alto sax, voice); Zaccai Curtis (piano); Elias Bailey (bass) EJ Strickland (drums); John Scofield (guitar track 2); Kat Dyson (guitar track 3); Randy Brecker (trumpet Track 2); Jeff Tain Watts (drums track 2); Richie Goods (bass Track 3 & 4); Ray Angry (piano track 3); Melodie Ray (vocals track 3 & 4)

Ms Benjamin stares out of the cover of this album with her trademark defiance. If you’re looking at your audience like that, you better have something to back you up. In the absence of an army, she has joy and energy, attitude and talent to spare. This is a live-in-the-studio recording in front of a small audience at Bunker Studios in Brooklyn. I believe that anyone attending who failed to confirm loudly that they were feeling ‘ALRIGHT!’ was advised to pack a bag and move to New Jersey. Five of the nine tracks are revisits of pieces from her 2023 album, Phoenix, and two (Trane and My Favorite Things) are her tributes to, and acknowledgements of the influence on her music of, John and Alice Coltrane.

King Bees @ Tyne Bar - July 14

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, vocals); Dom Hornsby (piano, guitar, vocals); Ted Harbot (double bass); Giles Holt (drums)

It's been thirty years. Thirty years since the Tyne Bar changed hands. From day one rhythm and blues has been a key element of the weekly entertainment down in the Ouseburn. It's been raining cats and dogs for days, if not weeks, on end. Would the Wimbledon Men's Singles Final and the looming Euro 24 finale on tv deter the Tyne Bar regulars? Not a chance! The place was jam-packed. They were there to listen to the Lounge Lizards (the first band to play the pub way back when) and, first up, King Bees.

Jazz Time Aycliffe Radio - Sundays 6.30-8.00pm (repeated Tuesdays 8.00-9.30pm)

Playlist 14//07/24 (repeated Tuesday 16/07/24)

Summer: Sarah Vaughan.

Summer: Chet Baker Quartet.

Requests from the Lonnie Donegan Story at Darlington New Orleans Club: Big Bill Broonzy, Woody Guthrie, Beryl Bryden, Cannonball Adderley, Ella Fitzgerald, Luis Russell and His Orchestra (Papa Jo Jones), Coleman Hawkins Quintet, Baby Jools & the Jazzaholics.

Request in memory of Richard: David Sanborn.

Les Jazz Rebels @ Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival - July 13

Jacques Boulan (trumpet, vocals); Jacques Montebruno (clarinet); Jean-Marc Ternois (trombone); Jean-Pierre Dubois (banjo); ? (double bass); ? (drums)

St Bride's Centre, tucked away in a residential side street, is but one venue pressed into action to accommodate some of the many concerts at the annual Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. The 2024 edition of the international extravaganza included appearances (plural) by Les Jazz Rebels. The French outfit, inspired by Claude Luter, Sidney Bechet, Chris Barber and others, enjoyed playing to a sold out Friday crowd at the Jazz and Jive Club. A matter of hours later the six-piece band took to the Saturday lunchtime outdoor stage at Grassmarket before heading to St Bride's.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Album review: Sean Hong Wei & Jeremy Monteiro - The New Jersey Sessions (Jazz Note)

Sean Hong Wei (tenor sax); Jeremy Monteiro (piano); Jay Anderson (bass); Evan Sherman (drums) + Alex Sipiagin (trumpet tks 1 & 8); Houston Person (tenor sax on tks 5 & 7).

I'm a bit behind on this one, it came out on May 31 and marks Monteiro's 48th album in a career that has seen him teamed up with a host of jazz luminaries including James Moody, Benny Golson, Michael Brecker and Ernie Watts which suggests he has a particular affinity with saxophone players, an affinity testified to by this particular album.

He originally teamed up with Hong Wei in their native Singapore and, after the tenor player settled in NYC, frequently met up  and eventually recorded The New Jersey Sessions in ex Dizzy Gillespie bassist John Lee's Alleycat studio.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Jazz on the Tyne – What’s On & What’s New, late July 2024

In the latest edition of the podcast, presenter Colin Muirhead plays new music by the Milne Glendinning Band, Paul Taylor and Fraser Fifield, and he previews gigs by Luis Verde, Theo Croker, the Vieux Carré Jazzmen, Archipelago, Helena Kay and Zoë Gilby.  There’s also a request for a tune by Dizzy Gillespie.

You can listen to the show anytime HERE. Plus, you can request music for future programmes, or pass on news or feedback by emailing Colin at: or by heading to

Threeway on 3, then 4 at the Globe

Ten days from now (Sunday July 21) the Ben Crosland Quartet (Rod Mason, Dean Stockdale, Ben Crosland and Dave Tyas) will be at the Globe, Newcastle. 

By way of a taster, albeit featuring a different line-up, Ben Crosland's Threeway (bassist Crosland with Steve Waterman, trumpet and Steve Lodder, piano) will be performing live in BBC Radio 3's In Tune studio this Friday afternoon at five o'clock. Russell

Preview: Les Jazz Rebels @ Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (Saturday July 13)

Les Jazz Rebels are in Edinburgh this weekend to present two concerts at this year's Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. The first of them, this evening at Edinburgh Jazz and Jive Club, is a sellout. The band's second engagement is a late Saturday afternoon concert at St Bride's Centre (5:30pm). Les Jazz Rebels emerged phoenix-like from the ashes of the renowned Hot Antics Jazz Band, recruiting ace musicians along the way from other French outfits including Haricots Rouges and Jazz à Bichon. Tickets (£15.00.) for the St Bride's gig are going fast, don't hesitate, book now: Russell   

Press release: Duo with Jim Hall leads Livia's latest Louis Stewart releases

© Gerald Davis
A previously unreleased live guitar duo recording with Jim Hall leads Dublin-based Livia Records’ latest set of albums featuring Irish virtuoso, Louis Stewart.

The Dublin Concert was recorded in 1982 after Hall got in touch with Stewart to say he was in Ireland on holiday and asked if they could play a gig. The recording lay in the Livia vaults until two years ago, when Dermot Rogers, a Dublin radio presenter and Stewart devotee, acquired permission to reactivate the label. Livia had been founded in 1977 specifically to release Stewart’s recordings and had been inactive since the death of its founder, Gerald Davis, in 2005.

Rogers has overseen three releases since relaunching Livia – Stewart’s debut as a leader, Louis the First, the solo album Out on His Own and a hitherto unknown duo album by Stewart and pianist Noel Kelehan, Some Other Blues.

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