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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 22: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 23: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 23: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ruth Lambert @ The Cherry Tree.

Ruth Lambert (vcl), Stu Collingwood (pno), Neil Harland (bs), Paul Smith (dms).
I had a ringside table tonight at the Cherry Tree. Comfortably ensconced, Ruth joined me and thrust the Concise Edition of the Gasbook in front of me and said, "Pick out some tunes for me." Meanwhile, at the other side of me the waitress asked me if I'd like to order?
The food choice was only slightly simpler and I deliberated long before deciding that Black Pudding Terrine with Pickled Apples looked as safe a banker as Newcastle against Stevenage in the FA Cup - well one out of two isn't bad I suppose and the starter was indeed delicious.
For Ruth's starter I wondered what our worthy constituent in York - Gasbook specialist Liz - would have chosen had she been here and there it was - her favourite - It Could Happen To You. A worthy choice that Ruth exploited to the full.
To follow came, I'm Glad There Is You, How High The Moon, that lilting Jobim piece Agua De Beber, Peggy's He's a Tramp, Nightingale Sang in BS, Old Devil Moon and Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea which is where I was when it came to deciding on a main course.
I opted for Rump Steak done medium rare upon the chef's recommendation. The steak was accompanied by French Fries and Peppermint Butter which was just perfect as were Ruth's own accompanists.
The trio opened up the second set with Stu playing All The Things You Are and adding a few more just as he'd done so brilliantly with A Train in the first set. My Spiced Apple Crumble with Nutmeg Ice Cream didn't need tarting up!
Nor did Ruth who gave out with You and The Night and the Music, Way You Look Tonight and I Fall In Love Too Easily. The meals over, the conversation stilled, I felt all four really loosened up on the latter two numbers - one a swinger the other perhaps the most touching ballad ever written (I know there's many more but that one gets me every time).
The Black Orpheus tune that seems to have more names than Elton John's "son" - Tears Of A Fool this time round - featured some good drumming from Paul, No Moon At All, S'wonderful and 'Round Midnight showed Neal to be at his most inscrutable best .
Metro time meant I missed the finale but it had been a very digestible evening both musically and otherwise.
Lance.

1 comment :

Liz said...

Oh thank you, that is indeed a top fave of mine & one of these days/nights I intend to be there at the Cherry Tree. Every week I read your reviews & marvel at the consistently high quality & variation of the menus & of course the music
Liz

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