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14845 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 1094 of them this year alone and, so far, 93 this month (Nov. 30).

From This Moment On ...

November

December
Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 05: Sia Ahmad & Raymond MacDonald @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Tickets: £5.00. from www.seetickets.com. Live recording session - note no late admissions. BYOB.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (table reservations 0191 386 5556). Feat. Johnny Murphy (keyboards).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 12 noon-3:00pm.Free. New!
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Last one of the year, resuming Jan 26.
Thu 08: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 08: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm.
Thu 08: Christmas Crooners @ Alnwick Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Thu 08: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. £5.00. on the door.

Fri 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £25.00. 'Afternoon Jazz with Festive Lunch'.
Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Jason Isaacs @ Northern Rugby Club, Gosforth, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £25.00 (inc. two course Xmas meal). Isaacs performing with backing tapes.

Sat 10: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas: Life Drawing & Improvised Music @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. TBC.
Sat 10: Alan Barnes Octet: A Jazz Xmas Carol @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £20.00. All-star band!

Sun 11: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 11: Spanish City Rollers @ Northumberland Square, North Shields. 12:30pm. Free. Community band inc. Graham Hardy.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 11: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Xmas party feat. Mick Donnelly Quartet. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00 (admission from 12 noon).
Sun 11: Paul Skerritt @ Liberty Brown's, Sunderland. 1:00pm.
Sun 11: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Sun 11: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: DC Blues Band @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Blues Band.
Sun 11: Jason Isaacs @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Sun 11: Boys of Brass @ Stack, Seaburn. 6:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Elda with Faye MacCalman + John Pope & John Garner @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Use it or Lose it - Grass Roots Jazz in crisis.

Jazz Festivals abound in all parts of the country and by all accounts are well supported. Certainly the ones I've visited over the past few years - London, Gateshead, Scarborough, Lockerbie, Whitley Bay (now Classic Jazz Party) - have been well attended. Southport and Cheltenham appear to be going from strength to strength so why aren't the festival-goers supporting their local scene.
I can't speak for other parts of the country, and I'd be interested to hear from anyone involved in jazz promotion, but here in the north east of the UK it seems as though "fans" are reluctant to turn out in sufficient numbers to make jazz a viable proposition for any well meaning entrepreneur. 
Even free admission gigs where bar takings decide on the bands future are taking a hit. An exception could be quoted re the various lunchtime trad sessions that abound in the NE. However, as these are in the main the habitat of the elderly, I doubt if much cash flows over the bar from the half of bitter they make last for a couple of hours!
Is this a nationwide malaise or just a local one?

5 comments :

Steve Andrews said...

It's just the same over here in Cumbria, I'm afraid (I do more gigs in the NE than the NW!). Two Jazz Clubs: Carlisle -every Thursday; elderly audience, predominently "Trad/N.O." (although not entirely); and Kendal - once a month, wider brief from N.O. to quite modern and all points in between. Faithful, fairly elderly audience. Pub gigs virtually none existent and rarely last more than a few weeks, except for more Rock/Blues based stuff like Fusionhead, Olly Alcock Band, etc., which can appeal to a wider, younger audience.
I know from my own kids - both musicians, 23 and 19, that jazz has no relevance to them or their musical tastes, and they were brought up with the music!
I'm very pessimistic about the future of Jazz at local level, although, paradoxically, many of the latest crop of young/younger players, are much better than we were - e.g. Paul Edis, and several others I've heard or played with.....

Jack Davies said...

In terms of bums on seats at least, the London scene is pretty well supported amongst audiences of all ages. Yes obviously things could be better, and Jazz Festival is much busier than the rest of the year, but the small clubs have a pretty regular crowd of often young people who are very into the music.

Tony Dudley-Evans said...

Things are quite good in Birmingham with consistent audiences for most events, ranging from 30 to 350. Cobweb Collective/Conservatoire associated gigs also do well. I think it is the range of the music that is put on that is the attraction and there is a reasonable age range in audiences

Babel blog said...

Guessing from these comments, and based on own experience in London, could it be the necessity to evolve a new generation of audience? It's a mixture of type of gig, price and ambiance. Possibly also that there isn't a new generation of organisers, who tap their friends and the jazz zeitgeist of 2012. How can we get the urban buzz of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds through to the grass roots?

Carbon Unicycle said...

I don't think it's a local malaise or even nationwide. For the last four years I have been lucky enough to be in Japan at the time of the Tokyo Jazz festival and I have seen it steadily dwindle. I think that it's a matter of finance. I think the talent is definitely there, but these days it's difficult for some new comers to get off the ground. I am lucky to live in London where there are a few clubs around and a few new ones popping up. I mourn the disappearance of Ray's Jazz shop (now in Foyles) and the Bass Clef etc. Perhaps universities could host festivals (eg showing free Jazz movies) that would perhaps generate interest? I don't think that Jazz will disappear. It will have its ups and downs, but it will always be there.

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