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13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, April 08, 2013

GIJF Day 3: Jazz Words - Larkin's Jazz.

Ian Smith (tpt/narrator); Dave Gelly (ten); Colin Good (pno); Alyn Shipton (bs); Jez Cooke (gtr). David Thurston (reader).
(Review by Lance).
If Bireli Lagréne got the Gold Medal at this Jazz Olympics then this session was surely my choice for the Silver (I stress my choice as I'm sure we have all allocated the hypothetical awards as to our own personal preferences and it would be good to read what others think).
The gentle effortless swing, even without a drummer, in Hall 2 provided the perfect antidote to some of the less accessible music being portrayed elsewhere. Smith and Thurston read excerpts from Larkin's book All What Jazz and I too, afterwards, dusted down my copy and began delving in.
Larkin's love of jazz jumps from the pages and, after each reading by either Thurston or Smith, we had an appropriate number from the band - all critics in their own right (write?)
Smith and Gelly made the perfect frontline on such numbers as Sweet Georgia Brown, Singin' The Blues, This Year's Kisses, Basin St Blues. and Swinging The Berries they Gelled (no pun intended Dave!). 
Good on piano contributed mightily whilst, on guitar, Cooke was a further reminder of what a festival this has been for guitar buffs! Shipton, of course, proved he is the best bass playing broadcaster working for the BBC.
That he, Larkin, was an eccentric goes without saying - do you know any poets who aren't? His capacity for gin - by his own admission - was way above today's recommended "units per week" (but then again, isn't everybody's?) Most importantly, he loved jazz as he knew it and wrote about it for some 10 years in the Daily Telegraph. A word about Thurston. Not only did he read Larkin's wonderful poem, Morning at Last, but during the final numbers, gave an amusing and yet touching display of Larkin in his cups dancing and miming to the music he loved. Living in an upstairs flat it didn't go down too well with his neighbours below.
I must include a quote from All What Jazz (not used at the concert) in which he refers to Art Tatum as being "... rather like a dressmaker who, having seen how pretty one frill looks, makes a dress bearing ninety-nine!"
This is going on Bebop Spoken There - now!
To follow - Christine Tobin's Sailing to Byzantium.
Lance.

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