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13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sat 16: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Julija Jacenaite: Improvarium..
Sat 16: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ St Mary's Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm..
Sat 16: Triptych @ Sage Gateshead. 7:45pm. Trio with live visuals by Lisa Delarny. .
Sat 16: Rendezvous Jazz @ Memorial Hall, Ponteland. 8:00pm. Guest Ian Wynne (piano)..

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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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