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15103 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 122 of them this year alone and, so far, 20 this month (Feb. 6).

From This Moment On ...

February

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guest band: Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Richie Emmerson (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com.
First gig of four (1/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 7:00pm. £15.00. on the door.
Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Second gig of four (2/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: Vermont Big Band & the Coast Connection @ The Seahorse, Whitley Bay FC. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet), raffle. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: The Rebelators @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 12: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. LAST SESSION!
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Third gig of four (3/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sun 12: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 12: Jive Aces @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Fourth gig of four (4/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA.
Sun 12: Sylvain Darrifourcq-Manuel Hermia-Valentin Ceccaldi @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 13: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 13: Central Bar Quintet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. First set: The Central Bar Quintet plays Horace Silver's The Tokyo Blues (featuring Pete Tanton). Second set: standards & more (no jam session).

Tue 14: ???

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Darlington Jazz Festival @ The Forum. April 20, 2013. Day 1

(Review by Russell)
The second annual Darlington Jazz Festival at the Forum on Borough Road began with a set by the stars of tomorrow, the Durham County Youth Big Band. A jazz festival should hit the ground running and the Durham band ensured it did just that. Chuck Mangione’s The Land of Make Believe put trumpeter Tom Hill to work in the first of his seven festival appearances. Fellow trumpeter Richard Hodgson played it Cool, West Side Story-style. Just in Time (arr. Nestico) demonstrated fine ensemble work and a new chart for the band - Gershwin’s Cuban Overture - put the alto saxophonists in the spotlight. 
This year’s event had a value-added element; the presence of Julian Siegel. Yes, he performed, quite brilliantly, but he gave so much more. He had time for everyone, making himself available throughout the day. One of his engagements was to work with the youth ensemble and he challenged them to get to grips with his own composition Interlude (a Jazz Action commission for the Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra). This piece taxed the senior band when it was performed last year at the Sage. Not in the slightest deterred, the Durham Young Turks made a fine job of it! 
The weekend’s other most welcome visitor was, in fact, a homecoming for trumpeter and composer Matt Roberts. He arranged Sunny for the band and he, Julian and the band had a great time playing it! A great first set. 
The crowd moved into the bar to listen to the Shaun Henderson Duo. The Hendersons, guitarist Shaun playing a Gretsch and vocalist Tanya delivered an entertaining set of standards (Cole Porter’s Night and Day stood out), pop songs and their best number - Bonnie Raitt’s Guilty
The main hall welcomed the Leeds-based James Mainwaring Trio. The festival took a chance on this one presenting a contemporary band and it paid off. Mainwaring had visited Tyneside on several occasions and it was good to hear him in Darlington. The tenor saxophonist’s new trio made its bow at the Forum - Mick Bardon (double bass) and drummer Steve Hanley - with a typically confident performance. Original material and wonderfully deconstructed jazz standards - What is This Thing Called Love?, Solar and Now’s the Time - re-affirmed Mainwaring as a major new voice in British jazz. 
Meanwhile, back in the bar…the Debra Milne Ensemble plucked classic material from the pad and threw in one or two original tunes for good measure. Milne’s songwriting partner, guitarist Steve Glendinning, knows his way around the fretboard and impressed with frequent solo flights. Bassist Paul Grainger had it down and Rob Bates (drums) kicked things along. A Milne/Glendinning number - Don’t Come Round Here Anymore, some Jobim (No More Blues), Jordu and Miles Davis’ Four (good vocals from Milne) were but a few tunes during an entertaining hour. 
Meanwhile, back in the hall…Tyneside’s Strictly Smokin’ Big Band assembled in numbers on stage with some big hitters in the ranks. The trumpet boys hit stratospheric heights (Michael Lamb and Pete Tanton taking the solo honours), Alex Leathard played elegant trombone, Steve Summers added a touch of class to the reeds section and Keith Robinson (tenor) scored top marks on Body and Soul
The evening session got underway in the bar with County Durham’s young musicians entertaining the festival goers. The set, led by guitarist Tom Stephenson, left no one in any doubt that the future of the north east jazz scene is in safe hands. 
The main hall filled to capacity in anticipation of the evening’s main attraction - Julian Siegel with the Durham Alumni Big Band. The band opened with the Chill Factor before Siegel and trumpeter Matt Roberts joined the ensemble. A Siegel commission from Voice of the North and recorded by Partisans, Wise Child heard the genial tenor man in full magisterial flow. Roberts, the local lad made good, had been working on a Wayne Shorter-inspired project and so it was that he presented his Wildflower Suite. Soloists across the sections included the outstanding Alex Baker (tenor). Siegel’s every note oozed class, international class. The band’s commitment to the music shone through and Siegel spoke of his genuine delight at having the opportunity to work with such fine musicians. A great way to end a great day of music. Well, almost. A late night session in the bar featured Just Friends, the Jazz Tones and an array of stunning soloists. They blew late into the night.   
Russell.                          

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