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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Diminuendo and Crescendo - Take it to the Bridge @ The Chilli.

Dave Weisser (tpt/vcl), Paul Gowland, Dr. Steve Summers (tenors), Laurie Brown (vibes/drums), Barry Ascroft (pno), Jim Crinson (bs), Solly Bashiri (dms). + Harley Johnson & Chris Finch (pno).
Tonight began very low key - no drums, Eric had a last minute emergency and couldn't make it. So it kicked off softly softly as a quartet - Dave, Jim, Barry and Laurie. The vibes gave it a Shearing cum MJQ sound with Dave throwing muted Miles into the mix. "September Song," "Moonglow", "It Don't Mean a Thing", "Lullaby of Birdland" just some of the exquisitely executed miniatures.
Come the second set and it was all systems go. Solly Bashiri arrived and was promptly sent home and told to come back with drums which, with some audience assistance, he did.
Chris Finch moved in on keyboards and two kickass tenor players - Paul Gowland and Dr. Steve Summers - arrived looking for blood. I said thank you to my lucky stars for not having my own sax with me!
This was the real deal; both players went for the jugular in the time honoured tradition of tenor players past present and, no doubt, future. Paul Gonsalves playing the interlude from "Dim. & Cres. in Blue" (Ellington @ Newport 1956) was but the starting point for these two guys!
A high-scoring score draw the only possible result!
Laurie played drums whilst Solly went to retrieve a missing bass pedal. Chris had some punchy solos before Harley finished the night off with the whole gang screaming and kicking "All of Me" into Jack Common's old backyard (No. 44 Third Avenue.)
This was one of those nights that are becoming more and more frequent at the Chilli.
With the Harley Johnson Trio next week, Scotty Adair and Steve Whitfield, the week after, then Budvivar, Alan Glen and Mo Scott to follow, the Chilli has got to be the hottest ticket in town (trans: Toon.)
Lance.

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