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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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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, March 18, 2013

James Birkett with Roly Veitch Trio @ Blaydon Jazz Club. March 17, 2013

James Birkett (guitar), Roly Veitch (guitar), Neil Harland (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)
(Review by Russell)
It all started back in 1984 at the Black Bull. Over the years Blaydon Jazz Club sought, of necessity, other venues. The club was made welcome where ever it went. The closure of its most recent base - another victim of the recession - necessitated a further move. So, it was a case of ‘full circle’ with the welcome opportunity to return to the Bridge Street hostelry.
The spring equinox a matter of days away, all was set fair to celebrate the re-launch of the club with a gig featuring talented saxophonist/flautist Sue Ferris. Little did one imagine that rain, sleet and snow would conspire to defeat Ferris’ attempts to get out of Weardale. Heavy snow up in the hills made the journey impossible. What to do? Cancel? Well, it isn’t every Sunday evening that a top-class guitarist can be found having a pint in the Black Bull, Blaydon but on this occasion James Birkett was just that guitarist having a pint. 
Birkett, a long-time friend of Blaydon Jazz Club, was only too happy to dep for the ‘indisposed’ Ferris. Working in the company of club promoter, guitarist and vocalist Roly Veitch, bassist Neil Harland and Adam Sinclair (drums) made this a no-brainer of a gig for the affable Birkett. Come to think of it, Messrs Veitch, Harland and Sinclair are themselves affable chaps making for a most enjoyable evening. 
The choice of material, typically Blaydon, couldn't have been better - All of Me, I’m Old Fashioned (Veitch straight in with a vocal), Manha de Carnaval (Adam Sinclair bossing the bossa), Body and Soul, you get the picture. John Lewis’ sublime Skating in Central Park was, well, sublime. Veitch sang another - If I Had You - and played a lot of very good guitar, not least on the evening’s closing number All the Things You Are (watch out Dr Birkett!). A good number of regulars braved the elements and they were rewarded with an evening of impeccable jazz guitar and vocals. The contributions of Neil Harland and Adam Sinclair should not go unrecognised. To have not one but two gifted musicians working with the Birkett-Veitch guitar duo is indicative of the wealth of talent in the region.
Tribute was paid to the late Mike Durham by Roly Veitch and endorsed by all present.
Come rain, come shine make the effort to get out there and hear it. Blaydon Jazz Club at the Black Bull, third Sunday in the month (next one Sunday 21 April).          
Russell.                            

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