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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

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

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Nomade Swing Trio @ Café Needles Eye, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. 6:00pm. Reservations: 01670 641224.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

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: Bailiwick + Sleep Suppressor + Christie/Chan @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm). ‘Experimental evening of jazz, punk and jazz-punk’.
Fri 26: Nomade Swing Trio @ Repas7 by Night, Berwick. 7:30pm. Free.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Sat 27: BBC Proms: BBC Introducing stage @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 12 noon. Free. Line-up inc. Abbie Finn Trio (2:50pm); Dilutey Juice (3:50pm); SwanNek (5:00pm); Rivkala (6:00pm).
Sat 27: Nomade Swing Trio @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 27: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sat 27: Theon Cross + Knats @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 10:00pm. £22.00. BBC Proms: BBC Introducing Stage (Sage Two). A late night gig.

Sun 28: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 28: Miss Jean & the Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Fonteyn Ballroom, Dunelm House (Durham Students’ Union), Durham. 2:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Nomade Swing Trio @ Red Lion, Alnmouth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Jazz Jam Sandwich! @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 28: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 28: Milne Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Monday, December 09, 2013

ALT – Splinter @ the Bridge December 8

Alan Law (Piano) John Pope (D Bass) Jonathan Marriott (Drums)
(Review by Kath Jobes)
Wow what a busy Sunday! First I went to the inaugural Jam session at Salsa… great to see some new faces… long may it continue… you can never have too much Jazz!   After a bite to eat at and a natter to a couple of folks, I moved on to Splinter at The Bridge… well, I thought, why not make an evening of it?
I think I was the first one there… apart from the band, but slowly the numbers grew, although not quite as well attended as expected…but that’s the way it goes sometimes. 
The first set commences with Tyneside Blues, an original number written by Alan Law, filled with 13ths in recognition of a mate he used to play with who would often shout out that the chord in bar so and so is a 13th… sorry I missed the guy’s name but anyone who plays with him may well recognise this reference.  This tune began with a very laid-back piano but quickly gained momentum into a nice improvised section between D. Bass and Piano.  The next number, Ending, was described as ‘not swing’  and indeed that soft piano introduction with occasional swishes from the brushes of Jonathan Marriott that grew as ‘Thee Pope’ added his bass was certainly not swing… the progression onto an intricate bass solo and variation of timbre  of percussion and piano enthralled the growing audience.  A lovely ballad ensued, I Remember Clifford, and this tune exhibited the wonderful combination of Bass and Piano, with just the occasional tickle of the cymbals from Marriott… enchanting!
A Don Cherry number, Brown Rice was introduced by Popes unique style -  skilfully slapping and tapping his bass with only the occasional pluck of a string… the piano and drum grew into the tune giving it an organic quality, the feel of the music modulated between soft and vibrant sections… the drums really came in to their own in this piece, as Jonathan switched between brushes, to sticks and on to timpani mallets, booming out,  bringing images of a thunderstorm turning to a softer rain and, just as you thought the storm was over, we were rapidly  returned to the cacophony of the storm… simply stunning!
The last number of this set, Mixed with Glass, was written by John Pope and described by Alan Law as, “a lullaby that gets kinda shouty!”  This tune really spoke to my soul, it started off so gently with soft brushwork joined by a tranquil piano, and the occasional ‘heartbeat’ from the bass drum. 
As the layers of instruments were added, and the timbre modulated between soft and gentle to crazy and mixed up, then back to soft and gentle… the internal changes of emotion continued and grew with the resounding percussion to a roar as we reached the pinnacle…that simply faded away.  Phew!  What emotional dynamic music… and how could it get any better… but it did!
*****
The second half was a free jazz session, having been at a recent free jazz event at the Sage I thought I was prepared for this next piece, jovially named by Alan Law as ‘Half Past Nine on a Sunday Night at the Bridge  in December’,  but later christened as A Journey of Consciousness.  I would think that every member of the audience would have their own take on this piece of music, but as I listened, I jotted down my thoughts and imaginings which I shall share with you…
For me this emotive piece brought forth a passionate journey, with streams of consciousness varying between strolling along to suddenly crashing into oblivion… becoming quite insistent as the musicians ‘lost themselves’ in their own instruments.  A sudden lull in the music was filled as the piano exerted its presence to be joined by bass and percussion…. Anxious confusion and turmoil ebbed away to softer gentler flutterings, flowing on like an unstoppable river to a more insistent sound until it reaches the sea… and the waves gently crash against the shore.  A song of renewal and new beginnings brought forth new life and developed a new and exciting theme heading out into the cosmos before being brought back to earth by a deep and reverberating bass solo as we were thrown into the uncertainty of not knowing where we were going.  Suddenly we are running to escape this reality and uncertainty is revealed again… the repetition of a phrase by both bass and piano led us ever onwards to who knows where… perhaps to the deepest corners of our soul in search of the soul bird… searching the corners of one’s mind to where internal destruction has hidden all thought of what was before … thoughts… where am I?  Where am I going? What will I find… a new start… a broken heart… life goes on and I will survive this journey and go ever onwards… intertwining petals of a flower spiral around and growth returns, determined, strong and feisty… ebbing away to a steady flow before the insurgence of tension builds to bursting pitch! 
… And ten minutes later I was still feeling the emotive storm raging within deep in my solar plexus… yes indeed this was a Journey of Consciousness!
Thanks to Kathryn Lowdon for her thoughts and input, and the ‘stolen’ phrase, ‘streams of consciousness’.
Kath J.

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