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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

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.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

SHE’S GOT SWING! Cherry Tree Restaurant

Emma Fisk (violin), Paul Edis (piano), Mick Shoulder (bass) and Adam Sinclair (drums). The boys kicked off a magical evening with Witchcraft then Emma joined them for Don’t Come Better Than That – a sentiment with which the audience agreed! How subtly different everything is with a violin up front: its plangent tones make slower numbers more mellow and wistful yet it can be quirky and skittish with swing! And the next two numbers swung – Ain’t Misbehavin’ and It Had to Be You. Ol’ Jack Horner was welcome to his plum: smoked salmon, sourdough, shallots and capers all round for us! Next it was full-on wistful/dreamy with Django’s Nuages – no storm cloud this, surely, more billowy white against an azure sky? Rodgers and Hart then delivered This Can’t Be Love while the waitress delivered my posh fish and chips – deep fried red gurnard with lemon and tartare sauce, no less. Both the food and the song were exquisite!
This title lead seamlessly into the next, via the lyric – "without your love….". but this version of Paper Moon was no honky-tonk parade, starting as it did, with an intricate, subtle piano intro from Paul. The first half swung out (as it had swung in) appropriately with It Don’t Mean a Thing If it Ain’t Got…. Chocolate and coffee crème brulée with biscotti filled out the interval and rounded off another lovely Cherry Tree meal. Compliments to the staff! The boys then got cooking again with Yesterdays and Paul and Adam enjoyed trading fours without anything being over-egged! It was then full-swing-ahead with Lady be Good, contrasted next by the slower Alice in Wonderland, then we were Walkin’ My Baby Back Home. Is it just me, or is there a bit of that which sounds like Mary Wells with My Guy? Anyway, Someone to Watch Over Me took us back to wistful/yearning etc. as did Autumn Leaves during which Paul got his first (deserved) applause for a solo. There were lots of good solos all round – it just wasn’t a solo-applauding audience! But it was an appreciative one as the penultimate number – I’ve Got Rhythm – elicited an Oliver-style request for "more" which was met with the beautifully played and melodic If I Had You. Lots more good stuff coming up at this venue – watch this space! Jerry

2 comments :

JT said...

Emma brought more than just hot club swing to the Cherry Tree last night. At times her violin reminded me of Stephan G's sessions with Yehudi Menuhin.
My only problem with the Cherry Tree is that sometimes you cant hear all the instruments. Last night the balance was great and the piano sound was particularly crisp - never mind a faultless performance by a line up we look forward to hearing again
JT

Debra said...

A great gig. The whole ensemble complemented each other really well.

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