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13,715 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1132 of them this year alone and, so far, 76 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...

September

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Perdido Street Jazzmen (with Frank Brooker reeds, Eugene Farrar trombone, Brian Bennett banjo & Phil Rutherford sousaphone) @ Darlington Market Square, Darlington. 11:00am.
Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm.
Sun 26: Sax Appeal @ The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA. 4:30pm. Free. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: Mainly Two @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 30: Shiver + Run Logan Run @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Thu 30: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Zoe Gilby Quartet @ Blaydon Jazz Club. Thursday April 5

Zoe Gilby (vocals), Mark Williams (guitar), Neil Harland (double bass); Richard Brown (drums)
The Blaydon regulars turned-up – eventually – to ensure there was a decent crowd in to hear the Zoe Gilby Quartet. Gilby’s pre-eminence in the jazz vocal stakes has been so well documented in these here Bebop Spoken Here pages there seems little more to add. The plan had been to bring in altoist Caroline Bagley on this gig but the Teesside star (catch her playing sometime and I think you’ll agree she is a star) was indisposed. Such is the strength in depth of the band that it simply offered more space to guitar virtuoso Mark Williams. 
The man from Northern Ireland is in demand in a number of bands ranging from the super-charged ACV to Voice of the North to take the money and run function bands to the role of accompanist supreme. It was the latter category in which Williams excelled at this Blaydon gig. 
Ballad, latin, rumba, Gilby put together a varied set of tunes so that there was light and shade, something for everyone. Drummer Richard Brown did what drummers should do on this kind of gig – just enough. His featured number – Caravan – exemplified his understated, tasteful style and bassist Neil Harland – a Man for All Seasons – was the perfect dep. Describing Harland as a ‘dep’ is an insult as he is the most reliable of musicians whatever he is asked to play – never a bum note from Harland. 
The highlight of the evening (for this reviewer) was Gilby accompanied by Williams (Brown and Harland took time out) on ‘Round Midnight. This was Gilby at her vocal best with Williams at his most sensitive, brilliant best. 
Blaydon Jazz Club’s next session is on Thursday 3 May (8:30 pm) featuring the Mark Toomey Quartet ( Toomey is another fine alto player from Teesside) with Blaydon’s house pianist Jeremy McMurray (another Teessider!).
Russell.

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