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16573 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 466 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (July 7).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 12: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The White Swan, Main Road, Ovingham NE42 6AG. 12:30pm. Free.
Fri 12: John Settle @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00. Settle (vibes) w. Dean Stockdale, Mick Shoulder & Tim Johnston.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 13: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Vieux Carré Jazzmen (12 noon); Trilogy of Four (1:35pm); Classic Swing (3:10pm); Archipelago (4:40pm).
Sat 13: East Coast Swing Band @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sat 13: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Prudhoe Riverside Park. 12:55-1:40pm. Free.
Sat 13: Michael Woods @ Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle NE6 1BU. 1:30-2:30pm & 3:00-4:00pm. Country blues. An Ouseburn Festival event.
Sat 13: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ The Beehive, Hartley Lane, Whitley Bay NE25 0SZ. 5:30pm. Free. Gig in the Secret Garden.
Sat 13: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 14: OUTRI + Slowlight Quartet @ The Bandstand, The Sele, Hexham. 12 noon-2:00pm. Free. OUTRI is Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson’s new solo bass project. ‘The Bandstand Sessions’.
Sun 14: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival. Free. Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); Delta Prophets Trio (1:35pm); Abbie Finn Trio (3:10pm); River City Band (4:40pm).
Sun 14: MSK @ Tynemouth Metro Station. 1:00pm. Free. A Mouth of the Tyne Festival event.
Sun 14: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Jamil Sheriff’s Five Gold Rings @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 14: Lounge Lizards + King Bees @ The Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. The Tyne Bar’s 30th anniversary, top class blues double bill.
Sun 14: Richard Herdman @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

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.

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.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Album Review: Karen Mack – Catch & Keep (Bandcamp)

Karen Mack (vocals); Peter Eldridge  (piano, organ); Jesse Lewis (guitars); Matt Aronoff (bass); Jared Schonig (drums, percussion); Ben Wittman (percussion); Darmon Meader (saxes tracks 3,4,6,8); Nadje Noordhuis (trumpet track 1, flugel track10); Elliot Roth (piano, vocal, arrangements bonus track 12)

A delightful debut album by Ms Mack, a sweet-voiced singer with wonderfully distinct diction (pop singers please note!) who gives us a selection of lesser known songs together with a couple of originals. I liked the selection so much that I'll list each track in turn, and mention the songwriters themselves.

Nothing Like You (Dorough/Landesman), sung fast with a trumpet solo to enhance this love song and a repeated riff on piano, bass and drums to round off the track.

Another one bites the dust. The Holystone, North Tyneside, to close.

© Russell
Brian Bennett has just informed me that the Holystone on North Tyneside closes its doors this weekend. 

The Vieux Carré Jazzmen (pictured), led by Brian on banjo, have held down a Thursday lunchtime residency at the bar and restaurant for almost ten years during which time they built up a good following.

Sad news. Lance

George Davidson RIP

Sad news to report. Drummer George Davidson died yesterday (Wednesday 10 July). Drummer - and occasional vocalist - with Maureen Hall's Rendezvous Jazz for no fewer than seventeen years, George had a ready smile and would always say 'hello'. George Davidson will be a much missed character on the local jazz scene. Russell         

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Album Review: Mike Westbrook – Band of Bands (Westbrook Records)

Kate Westbrook (voice); Chris Biscoe (alto and soprano saxophones); Pete Wyman (alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet); Karen Street (accordion, voice) Mike Westbrook (piano); Marcus Vergette (bass); Coach York (drums).

This is one of those little big bands, a seven piece that doesn’t believe it can’t also be an orchestra if it chooses to do so. There’s a limited range of voices on here (reeds plus accordion and piano in the main with no brass) and you would have thought that might lead to some restraint. But no. The ensemble moments are full blooded, such as on the opening romp, Glad Day, and the well supported solo passages insidiously worm their way into your attention and before you know it a stripped down backing behind the solo has marched to the front of the hall, metaphorically speaking, and it’s a full screen performance again. Blues For Terenzi does this to perfection, building up from an alto sax solo, by the end it’s a full voice march being directed around the parade ground to display the quality of Westbrook’s writing and arranging.

Tuesday, July 09, 2024

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

Playlist 07/07/24 (repeated Tuesday 09/07/24)

Summer: Sarah Vaughan.

Darlington New Orleans Club: Spats Langham and His Hot Combination, Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Chris Barber, Benny Goodman, James P. Johnson, Trombone Shorty, Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra, Lionel Hampton Quartet.

Blue plaque for Adelaide Hall.

A blue plaque in honour of legendary American jazz singer, dancer and entertainer Adelaide Hall has been placed at at her former London address, 1 Collingham Rd., Kensington .

Her achievements in the world of jazz and show business are too many to list here but the Wikipedia link below is about as comprehensive as you will find.

An honour fully deserved. Lance


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