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Postage

16497 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 377 of them this year alone and, so far, 89 this month (May 30).

From This Moment On ...

May

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

June

Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Edison Herbert Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 02: Musicians Unlimited @ West Hartlepool RFC, Hartlepool. 12 noon. Two sets (12 noon-1:00pm & 2:00-3:00pm). ‘Sunday Big Band Blast meets WHRFC’s Classic Car Show’.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 02: Mark Williams Trio @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 02: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. A 'pint sized' NCRO gig/rehearsal session feat. Dave Hignett, Jim McBriarty, Gavin Lee, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford with special guest drummer Nick Ward.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Anth Purdy @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington. 6:30pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’.
Sun 02: MSK @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 03: John Garner & John Pope @ Yamaha Music School, Blyth. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 04: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Ben Phillips, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Monday, July 05, 2010

A visit to the factory. Blue Jazz Voices @ The Sage.

Lindsey Hannon (vcl), Karen Rann (sop), Jeff Smith (alt/ten), Steve (gtr), Dave Parker (bs), Michael Howard (dms) + Andrea, Gaby, Ann Alex and many more vocalists.
There are so many jazz singers emerging - mainly female - that I suspect they outnumber just about every other known species including the blackbird of whom so many divas are keen to say farewell to informally (3-3).
I've long suspected that they are delivered on a conveyor belt clutching a volume of the Great American Songbook and tonight I sourced it
BSH correspondent Ann Alex has waxed lyrical about her jazz vocal classes at The Sage, Gateshead in these very pages so, as they were having an open event, I decided to go along.
Situated in an internal alleyway alongside the Sage café area it has to be said that this particular nook is much more sympathetic to a jazz club atmosphere than just about anywhere else in the building. Apart from interruptions from the tannoy announcing the start of concerts in other halls the ambience here was superb and the acoustics too did the performers favours they don't get on the Concourse.
The 'apprentices' were set a high benchmark by 'Foreman/Supervisor' Lindsey with her version of Angel Eyes. A really sensitive take on the number one saloon song of all time (One For My Baby runs it close.)
With such a teacher it isn't surprising there were a few star pupils - Gaby I knew from The Chilli and she excelled with a brilliant scat chorus on It Don't Mean a Thing.
There were countless versions of Good Morning Heartache but one Andrea edged it by a country mile with just a suggestion of Dinah Washington to her rendition.
However, this isn't the X Factor and I'm not Simon Cowell! They were all great in their enthusiasm and commitment. Our gal Ann scored brownies by breaking away from the balladry with a spirited version of All Of Me.
Needless to say the songs - presumably part of the curriculum - were classic and none better than I'm Thru With Love. Others included Imagination, If I Were A Bell, I Concentrate On You - by one of the few male singers - and What A Difference a Day Made.
Behind them the band did the business with guitarist Steve depping for Caroline Lee. Steve did good - will someone please remind me of his surname? Dave and Michael kept the ship steady. The horns got a good unison sound on Carnival.
No doubt Ann will keep us informed of the future progress of this dedicated and talented group of songsters.
Lance.

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