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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Newcastle Green Festival, Leazes Park. June 3

Graham Hardy (trumpet), Alistair Lord (trumpet), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), David Grey (trombone), Hannabiell Sanders (bass trombone), Paul Susans (sousaphone), Brendan Murphy (bass drum) & Nik Alevroyiannis  (snare drum).
(Review by Russell).
Christmas came and went when Graham Hardy abandoned his Horn Dogs, left in the care of the cat and dog shelter. Then in the bleak mid-winter days of January, as if experiencing an epiphany, the Tyneside trumpeter remembered the old adage ‘a Horn Dog isn’t just for Christmas.’ He knew what he had to do.

He ran out the door and dashed up the road wailing: My Horn Dogs! My Horn Dogs! Please forgive me! Arriving at the shelter he gasped, somewhat out of breath…My Horn Dogs…they are still…you haven’t? A reassuring kennel hand said: Ah! Don’t worry Sir. Some of them are still here. Fearing the worst Hardy replied: Some of them? 
The kennel hand said: Well Sir, some of them have found new homes, the others are still here. They’re being well looked after waiting to find a new home. 
Phew! said a much relieved Hardy. I’ll take them home with me – all of them.
Reunited with his Horn Dogs he gave them all a big cuddle – Alistair, Brendan, Paul and David. Hardy was about to leave when he was surrounded by some really cute young pups, tails a-wagging, just asking to be re-homed by a trumpet-playing Horn Dog lover.
Well, what the hell said Hardy. And so it was. Our trumpeter left with no fewer than seven Horn Dogs. With so many mouths to feed gigs were much needed - lots of them. Hardy went Walking the Dog(s) in Leazes Park one day and as luck would have it those nice Green Festival people were pitching a tent.
They said: Would you and your Horn Dogs like to perform at this year’s festival? Hardy couldn’t believe his luck: Would we? You bet we would! Hardy quickly knocked them into shape (you can’t teach an old Horn Dog new tricks) and they were ready to rock ‘n’ roll.
Hang on a minute said Hardy, Let’s go out under a new name. They chewed a bone or two and settled on the Northern Monkey Brass Band…well, you would, wouldn’t you?
On this weekend of fairy stories the band of wuffians couldn’t wait to get started. So keen, they were Horn Doggin’ bang on the appointed time. It was as if they had never been away. Killer brass playing, driven by percussion masters Brendan Murphy (bass drum) and Nik Alevroyiannis (snare drum) and Paul Susans’ funkin’ sousaphone (spell checked - Ed), this lot could get a brass monkey moving! Appropriately the weather was a bit brass monkeys - as our editor pointed out earlier - and in no time at all the joint (tent) was jumpin’.
Funky Pie featured bootin’ tenor sax from young pup Jamie Toms, some shake yer booty moves from bass trombone star Hannabiell Sanders and impossible stratospheric trumpet from Alistair Lord.
Hardy needed to take it down a notch. St James’ Park (RIP), home to Newcastle United Football Club and but a corner kick from Leazes Park, we have been informed is to be known as the Sports Direct Arena. Like a defiant, disobedient dog St James’ Infirmary became Sports Direct Infirmary Blues. Reverential it was – for a while. Then right on cue, we got joyous, stompin’ N’Orlins street brass band playing. The short festival set drew to a close with everyone’s favourite (you don’t need to be a jazz fan) – the theme from Star Wars. Jambone alumni David Grey (trombone) got hold of this one and wouldn’t let go. After much gnashing and growling Master Hardy brought him to heel just in time for the ensemble to take it home in style.
A cracking set from a cracking band. Concert hall, pub, arts centre, marquee, if you own one or have access to one and need a band guaranteed to deliver a good time, look no further – book the Northern Brass Monkey Band - Sorry the Northern Monkey Brass Band (except during the winter when they might find the former name more appropriate).
Photos.
Russell.

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