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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Swing City Trio w. Ray Harley @ Darlington Arts Centre. Saturday April 7.

Steve Andrews (reeds), Roly Veitch (gtr), Roy Cansdale (bs), Ray Harley (tpt)
Faced with the choice of battling with the DIY crowds at B+Q on an Easter weekend, or a short trip down the road to support the last days at the Arts Centre with some easy listening classic jazz, we deliberated only for a minute ........"put away thy paste board" we heard, it was an easy choice really ........
Thankfully the snows of the previous week had eased and; the "men from Cumbria" (Roy and Steve) made it safely across the Pennines. The ever diminishing Steve Andrews produced the usual polished performance on sax and clarinet, his partner on the front line on this occasion the excellent Ray Harley, star of Maine Street Jazzmen and surely one of the best trumpet players around........they blended together beautifully to ease a good crowd through a most relaxing session .......it's a long time since I've been so relaxed on a Saturday afternoon, though perhaps the Toon's welcome on the welsh hillside the previous evening and the smooth Deuchars IPA may have added a tad to my mellow mood ........
Out of Nowhere, Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?, Nagasaki, Stardust then It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing.....all too quickly we reached the first breather. Crazy Rhythm, Blue Turning Grey Over You, Sweet Sue, Blue Skies, She's Funny That Way, Honeysuckle Rose, Bunny Berigan's I Can't Get Started ft solo from Ray, then China Boy took us to a quick break and the all important raffle. I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me, Sugar, 'Deed I do, Darn That Dream ft Steve on sax, then as the sun at last emerged outside, an appropriately timed On the Sunny Side of the Street before the final number After You've Gone ........cue a well deserved round of applause.
As always, the rhythm of Roy & Roly drove our very own Swing City Quartet through the day, well done guys. Vocal treats were provided by Roly & Steve.
Though the jazz was superb, in truth the important highlight of the day was that the Darlington Jazz Club has found a new venue ........though sadly the Arts Centre itself will fall victim to the cuts of today, the jazz club will see tomorrow, moving to the Dolphin Centre after July's swan song .......well done to all involved with the club, come on guy's, get out there & support your local jazz venues ...keep the music live !!!!
Ray Robson
Next session Sat 5 May @ 1pm, Jim Fryer (USA) with the West Jesmond Rhythm Kings

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