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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

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.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: 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.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Sam Gardner Quartet @ The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle.

Sam Gardner (dms); Krysztof Urbanski (ten/sop); Sam Vicary (bs); Jamil Sheriff (keys).
(Review by Lance.)
The first day of term and a goodly turn out of folk for the first Splinter @ The Bridge concert of the Autumn.
And what a concert! I'd heard all four musicians individually in the past but this was the first time I'd heard these guys as a unit
I think leader Gardner said that this was only their second gig but I could have misheard as, apart from some hesitancy at the endings, this was as tight a ship as ever sailed from Leeds to Newcastle.

Urbanski is a superb modern tenor player. Contemporary yes but well within the bounds of sanity. Great tone and an endless outpouring of ideas. On soprano, even on those numbers with an eastern feel he successfully avoided sounding like a snake charmer as so many of his contemporaries do! 
Gardner is not only a master technician behind the kit but a composer of merit - with the exception of I'll Remember April and Tom Harrell's Angela all pieces were his own compositions. What is the world coming to? Drummers composing? They'll be calling themselves musicians next! Seriously, Gardner is a fine composer and his originals were just that, original with tempo changes, mood swings, rhythmic variation and sound harmonic and melodic content.
Vicary handled everything with ease. A pulsating foundation, creative solos and frequently offering challenging lines to the other three.
Sheriff did likewise, his ever changing expressions as he silently sang along to his solos were a joy to behold as was indeed the actual notes played. Content to let his left hand lay down the chords his right hand dazzled as his fingers did the talking.
Tell me, what is this band going to be like with a few more gigs under their belt?
Next week it's jam session time.
Photos.
Lance.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

sounds a reasonabl facsimile of truth! Yes, a good opener to th new season, and a convincing, 'alive' performance helped along by quartet so technically sure-footed [but given their individual provenance, could expect that, yes?]
Enjoyed it immensely. Btw - also liked small touch, one Gardner composition 'Trickle Up' as comment on a real economic process ...

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