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16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 22: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Remi Coulthard-Boardman (voice).
Thu 22: Crooners @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. £30.00., £27.00., £24.00., £18.00.
Thu 22: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar,
Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 22: Soznak @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 22: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass).
Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Carlisle Jazz Club (Carlisle Rugby Club), Warwick Road, Carlisle CA1 1LW. 8.30pm. £10.

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gavin Lee's New Orleans Jazz Band @ The Trinity Centre, Gosforth November 17.


Gavin Lee (clt),Brian Chester (piano), Phil Smith (bs), Bill Evans (drums), Derek ? (banjo).
(Review by Ray Robson).
An unusual start to the evening ..we are accustomed to any delay being the wait for the crowd to arrive, but on this occasion it was the last minute rush for seats, lovely to see a crowd of surely 100+ in to see this very talented but essentially local jazz ensemble provide a promised musical history of the New Orleans clarinet.
Gavin had to hand his trusted yet ancient "New Orleans" style clarinet ....he did mention it having come from the Titanic, but the only water we perceived was the excellent Pedigree ale.......
First set covered the early masters, early 1900 to 1930, with Gavin as always in excellent form reproducing comfortably those heady days of smoky bars, gin joints & liver problems ...... too many of those guys passed away young & without realising their full talent after high living ...thankfully in today's healthy society we shall hope to have the likes of Gavin with us for much longer, provided the Shotton Colliery mafia dont catch up with him ...the set included a Johnny Dodds' number, the classics Mood Indigo and Up a Lazy River, before taking us into the first break with Edmund Hall's Romping in 44.
After quenching out thirst, we moved on to the post WW2 period, with a couple of George Lewis numbers St Phillips Street Breakdown then Burgundy Street Blues before Gavin tested his "parlez vous francais" skills to the limit with 3 Sidney Bechet numbers Promenade aux Champs-Elysees, Lonesome, & finally Premiere Bal with host Mike Durham filling us in on a few of Monsieur Bechet's rather colourful adventures in the break.
Then we sped forward in time to almost modern day ...Pete Fountain's Creole Gumbo Tout de Suite, then a rousing Midnight Boogie took us to Tim Laughlin's Isle of Orleans & his jazz march King of the Mardi Gras as an all to soon final track.
Gavin rightly takes the plaudits for an excellent rendition of so many different styles in his clarinet playing ... he was also hugely entertaining with his New Orleans jazz history details & sultry "francais" skills. We must not forget though, that behind every clarinetist headliner is a rhythm section that must also be outstanding to produce the overall classic New Orleans sound ...well done to all the back line rhythm guys, especially "man in the hat" Brian who tinkled the ivories in such style!
Ray

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