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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Take It To The Bridge @ The Chillingham. August 4th.

Dave Weisser (trumpet, flugel horn & vocals), Alan Davis (clarinet), Paul Gowland (tenor saxophone), Andy Lee (alto saxophone & flute), Steve Whitfield (keyboards), Barrie Ascroft (electric bass), Rob Bates (drums) + Omid Ramak (drums) & Colm Rooney (keyboards).
Another week at the Chilli and another shift in focus with old and new faces featuring once more. Jim Crinson, the house band's bassist, was still 'vacationing' as Mr.Weisser would say, so it was down to stalwart Barrie Ascroft to vacate the piano stool and pick up the electric bass. Barrie's keyboard dep was the excellent Steve Whitfield. Tenor man Paul Gowland and altoist Andy Lee kept their place in the team having impressed Boss Man Weisser the previous week. Rob Bates was back behind the kit and the boys kicked-off with Hancock's Cantaloupe Island.
A major highlight came early in the first set - Weisser wanted to do But Beautiful having been inspired by alto saxophonist Caroline Bagley's superb reading of the tune at the Jazz Action gig in Stockton days earlier. Tenor, alto and piano soloed in turn and Weisser sang the words as good as one could wish to hear - great stuff.
The evening's special guest was clarinetist Alan Davis. Davis makes his living in the classical music world. His specialism is the Baroque yet at the Chilli he showed great faclility playing jazz standards. Leafing through the pages of the Gas Book - as discussed recently on Bebop Spoken Here - it shouldn't be too difficult to find these numbers...Lullaby of Birdland, Autumn Leaves and how about Blue Monk? Chillians got these and more from Davis. A quiet man, he played with real affection for the music. His band mates for the evening were in terrific form and a second set highlight, no, make that a highlight of my listening over recent weeks, was a fantastic version of My Favourite Things. Davis led the way and I kid you not, this was almost a reprise of Coltrane's masterly take on the tune. I didn't expect this from Davis (so much the better) and Rob Bates' work on this one was of Elvintine proportions with the tune made for Paul Gowland to blow and blow.
Late sitters-in were the regular jazz gig-going duo of Ramak and Rooney. Dizzy's Con Alma, a difficult tune to my ear, didn't faze Omid Ramak, he was right in there. Good stuff. Pianist Colm Rooney gave Steve Whitfield a spell and got stuck in. I'm sure these two young musicians will be heard elsewhere on the scene in the coming weeks and months - check them out. This was one of the really good nights at the Chilli. I'm sure there will be many more in the future.
Russell.
Note the session scheduled for August 25 is cancelled due to holiday commitments.

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