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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

CD Review: Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas.

It's not even December but, already, Santa has jetted out of JFK (don't be doing with that Reindeer/Lapland jazz) with a planeload of his favourite tunes. A selection came down my chimney today. Unfortunately the fire wasn't lit.
Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas - Tim Warfield (ten/sop); Terell Stafford (tpt); Stefon Harris (vbs); Cyrus Chestnut (pno); Rodney Whitaker (bs); Clarence Penn (dms); Daniel Sadownick (perc.) Ned Podgurski (pno some tracks); Joanna Pascale, Jamie Davis (vcl)
(Review by Lance)
To get the picture, imagine a corporate outfit hiring a band of jazzmen for the annual grope.
Seasonal tunes played within the bounds of respectability. The bosses and the secretaries stepping outside the bounds of respectability and a good time being had by all. Musically you can't knock it - a gig is a gig and if you've got to play Xmas lift music at least do it well.
These guys do do it well. The soloists don't stray too far away, there are no sounds of surprise but they do manage to blow the jazz inoffensively and swing like crazy with a modicum of creativity. Ideal Xmas Eve music after the kids have gone to bed or Xmas Day when the neighbours and the in-laws are hanging around. Who knows but, if you're on your own, the merry widow from two doors down across the street might be susceptible to your charms and this disc could help convince her that Santa Claus has indeed come to town - Ho Ho Ho - well, if reindeer really can fly...
Tim Warfield's Jazzy Christmas is available on Undaunted Music and hits the streets on November 26.
Lance.

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