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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri. 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Ayr Jazz Club, Fairfield House Hotel, Fairfield Rd, AYR KA7 2AS. 7:30pm. For accommodation call the hotel on 01292 267461. For tickets call Ayr Jazz Club Secretary, Stuart McLean, on 01292 590773.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).
Sat 20: Boys of Brass @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 22: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 23: FILM: Space is the Place @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. 6:25pm. Dir. John Coney (1974). Starring Sun Ra!
Tue 23: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 23: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 24: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Scarborough Jazz festival September 29 - Afternoon

The Give a Little Love Jazz Orchestra 
Paul Baxter (bs/cond); Russ Henderson (alt/sop); Tom Harrison (alt/fl); John McKillip, Stuart MacDonald (ten); James Lancaster, Mark Chandler, Si Nixon, Damien Bell (tpts); Chris Hibbard, Matt Ball, Lee Hallam, Dave Pearce (tmbs.); Paul Smith (dms); Zezo Olimpio (pno); Jamie Taylor (gtr) + guest Alan Barnes (alt).
(Review by Lance.)
Billed as "A Tribute to Horace Silver" this was a rousing big band set that, whilst the relationship to Silver's music may at times have been tenuous - I must confess I'm not familiar with the pianist's work in big band settings so perhaps it wasn't tenuous! However, what it was was a good contemporary big band blowing on Silver tunes and Silver inspired tunes written by leader and bassist Paul Baxter.
The band contained a host of soloists, including the leader, who in the main were given plenty exposure. Alan Barnes sat in on Juicy Lucy. This was interesting as Tom Harrison soloed with Barnesy standing next to him - no pressure!
Indeed Barnes' solo followed immediately on as if to say "I'm the boss"!
It wasn't that straightforward - when the two altos locked horns Harrison acquitted himself admirably.
Too many great moments to single out although Stuart MacDonald played some fine solos - indeed they all did. Incidentally drummer Paul Smith is not the Paul Smith we know and love on Tyneside and Teesside. Nevertheless, a fine drummer worthy of the name!
Lance.
Jim Birkett Trio (As previous with the above Paul Smith on drums)
A quick pop through to the Jazz Lounge to catch Jim and the boys playing Gone With The Wind. Pleased to say that Jim wasn't daunted by having to follow on from Martin Taylor last night.
Matt Wates Sextet.
Matt Wates (alt/stand-up); Steve Main (ten); Martin Shaw (tpt); Leon Greening (pno); Malcolm Creese (bs); Matt Home (dms).
(Photo courtesy of Bill Shakespeare.)
A program of originals by leader Wates who not only blows brilliant alto but tells awful jokes eg: Rupert Bear working on a building site complains somebody's stolen his pick-axe. Foreman says "Yes, today's the day the teddy bears get their pick nicked."
His alto playing, which included an unaccompanied cadenza based on Paganini's Caprice Number 2, made up for the jokes. Tenor player Main also blew good sax without telling jokes and Martin Shaw delivered what we expect him to deliver - cool, lyrical flugel horn and fiery modern trumpet.
Talking about fire - pianist Greening plays with so much passion it's a wonder the Bosendorfer grand didn't burst into flames! His piano playing - one of the festival highlights.
Lance.
Jay Phelps Quartet.
Jay Phelps (tpt); Ross Stanley (pno); Tim Thornton (bs); Moses Boyd (dms).
This was one of the emotional moments - Jay Phelps given the unenviable honour of paying tribute to the late Abram Wilson who was booked to appear but, sadly, died early this year at the age of 38.
Just a Closer Walk With He (sic) was played with feeling and dedication - not an inwardly dry eye in the house.
Phelps played several of his own compositions including Jaywalk which included an outrageous quote from the Toreador Song which, surprisingly went almost unnoticed making me wonder if the age of the quote and the knowing smiled from the audience has passed!
A moving version of Midnight Sun was followed by more Horace Silver and St. Vitus Dance which brought the afternoon to a close. 
A splendid afternoon with Saturday night and Sunday to follow.
More shortly...
Lance

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