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16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

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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