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14375 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 594 of them this year alone and, so far, 94 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra @ The Sage, Sunday Sept. 9

John Warren (cond./comp./arr.); Julian Siegel (clt/sop/ten/cont bs clt); Graham Hardy, Sean Eland, John Dunn, Greg Nicholas (tpts); Chris Hibbard, Alex Leathard, Kieran Parnaby, Eddie Bellis (tmb); Rod Mason, Andy Bennett, Graeme Wilson, Sue Ferris, Niall Armstrong (reeds); Stu Collingwood (pno); Mark Williams (gtr); Andy Champion (bs/bs gtr); Adrian Tilbrook (dms).
(Review by Lance.)
Friday, I vote for the VOTNJO in the Big Band section of the British Jazz Awards, Sunday, the grim reality that this was to be their final concert - at least under John Warren - sinks in. So perhaps we should all vote for them in appreciation of what they have achieved over the past 15/16 years.
The music is complex - a jazz version of say Berlioz' Symphonie Fantastique - but it's also accessible to all but the most tunnelled visionaires.
After a few words from Paul Bream of co-promoters JNE, John Warren introduces the evening's guest, Julian Siegel, and the band, already under starters orders are off and into The New One Two. A Warren composition  originally written for the John Surman Brass Project.
It's a dissonant, almost atonal, piece that features Siegel on soprano, Dunn on trumpet and Wilson on tenor. There's also a relaxed, out of tempo, interlude spotlighting bass and drums. An auspicious start that takes up  15 minutes, maybe more, of the first set which is about par.
Wise Child, by Siegel, is dedicated to Wayne Shorter and the composer plays some quite heroic tenor. Bennett, Williams also have a bite at the cherry before a Tilbrook drum excursion brings the piece to it's logical conclusion.
Monk's Ruby My Dear - a Warren arrangement -  features Collingwood's sensitive introduction and sets the sultry mood. The sax section's co-ordination impresses and for a while the band is actually swinging.
The Missing Link - the two Grahams (well Graeme and Graham actually) are both heard to advantage in a piece as quirky as the title.
The set closes with a latin based number the title of which escapes me - more excellent work by Collingwood.
After adjourning to the bar and doing the social circuit it was back to business. This band really is incredible, handling some of the most intricate parts ever scored with apparent ease. The sections gel even though they are often seemingly in conflict albeit carefully contrived conflict which isn't conflict at all!
Mark Williams does some guitar shredding with such intensity it's a wonder the lights don't dim whilst on Aliteration Addict Niall Armstrong takes a giant step forward out of the section for a baritone solo that could arguably be put forward as the best blast of the night.
De Je Vu has Siegel doing some delicate work on Contra Bass Clarinet in tandem with one of the trombones.
As we approach the home straight Rod Mason does some paint-stripping and Sue Ferris, that most lyrical lady, adds the gloss.
It's been quite a night tinged with the sad thought we may ne'er see their like again..
I'm pleased the VOTNJO drew a reasonable crowd - a band this size could quite easily have outnumbered the audience! fortunately this wasn't the case unlike in the Central Bar where I called in for a pre number 27 (bus) pint. Here the bar staff did out number the customers - all three of us!
Lance.
PS: If you decide to vote for the band in the awards click here.

1 comment :

Unknown said...

This was the first (and I hope not the last) time I had been to a VOTNJO gig.
Paul Bream says they're good. Lance Liddle says they're good. But neither had prepared me for the intense joy of their complex sensitive repetoire. Fabulous arrangements, superb musicianship.

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