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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

"Looking For Buddy" - a play by Alan Plater. Live Theatre, Newcastle.

Set in the mean streets of Wallsend's Lower East-side this is Alan Plater's take on Raymond Chandler in Geordieland. Like so much of Plater's work, "Looking For Buddy (Bolden)" is jazz related - some unlikely characters looking for a record of the unrecorded trumpet player Buddy Bolden - without being aimed purely at the aficionado. It is simply one of the funniest musical plays I have ever seen. The broad Geordie dialect, the song and dance routines coupled with every possible hardboiled Hollywood cliche imaginable make this an absolute hoot!
Tim Healy, as a failed Wallsend architect turned private eye, sings and wisecracks, gets slipped a 'mickey', meets a beautiful blonde and gives out with some pungent social commentary relevant to Britain and Tyneside in particular. He is brilliant and so are his supporting cast - Jayne McKenzie, Phil Corbitt (who also played sax), Jane Holman, Jacqueline Boatswain and Nicholas Lumley as 'Fat Jack'.
The music, by Alan Barnes, captured the mood perfectly with Peter Allsopp (pno), Adam Keast (bs) - Neil Harland takes over on May 19 - and Chris Grahamson (dms).
Miss this at your peril - Andrew Lloyd Webber it ain't (thank gawd!)
Lance.

2 comments :

Roly said...

I think we'll have to go see the Plater play then. Sounds great.
Roly.

Russell said...

Hi Lance

I had every intention of going. The forthcoming addition of Neil Harland makes it all the better. Plater's stuff is always never less than good. I'm looking forward to it.

Russell

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