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14362 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 581 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...

June

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm. CANCELLED!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs. @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

It's not just the BBC Big Band that are being hit!

I've lost count of the local (north east) venues that have either closed or decided to no longer support live jazz. In the past 12 months or so we've lost The Corner House, The Porthole, The Marquis of Granby, The Jazz Café, The Piper, Rosie Malone’s, Pizza Express, The Star, The Ouseburn Cafe, The Boardwalk, Hoochie Coochie, The Customs House, Trinity Church and possibly many others in the region that I'm not aware of. Jazz venues come and go, it just seems a lot have suddenly gone and not many have come..
Can anyone add to the list or, better still, come up with some new venues?
Brian Bennett.

4 comments :

Lance said...

Of course it's sad that venues close down but let's look at the reasons. At grass roots levels where promoters work with their own money it is imperative that the band pulls in punters who drink and/or dine. Too many have a half of beer which lasts them from Stomp Off Let's go to Farewell Blues.
At other venues the band is paid on the door take or in some cases - a free pint and a bag of crisps (your words from way back).
Pubs are struggling and if a band isn't putting bums on seats then caput!
Lack of Arts Council funding has also had an effect although that never reached down to the level we're talking about. Plenty money for "big names" but f... all for the bands that go out and do it every night in their local pub/club.
Ref Hoochie, although their Thursdays failed through lack of support, Warren does present acts which are still quite often jazz orientated - Fred Wesley in October being one who springs to mind and the Strictly Smokin' Big Band do their Sunday afternoon monthly session so all is not totally lost there. But I agree times are tough. Perhaps Jazz North East should have a sub-division supporting bands that are at the club face with reps from bands and venues forming a committee irrespective of the genre?

Anonymous said...

Or maybe people are becoming bored of listening to the same old bobbins? Jazz; "the sound of surprise"? Don't make me laugh...

Paul said...

There's a new lunchtime gig starting this month in Durham, upstairs at the Gala Theatre. The lunchtime series at the Lit and Phil has (so far) been a success. There is the gigs at St Cuthbert's Centre in Crook, and I think the gigs at the Forum in Darlington are still relatively new. It's not all doom and gloom (although there's a lot of that about!).

Paul Grainger said...

From Saturday 21 September, Salsa on Westgate Road (in conjunction with the Pink Lane Jazz Coop) are presenting live jazz from 9 until late.

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