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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Rendezvous Jazz @ The Black Horse. January 3

Maureen Hall (vocals), Barry Soulsby (clarinet & vocals), Iain McAulay (trombone, trumpet & vocals), Roy Gibson (keyboards), Jim McKeown (drums) & Doris Fenn (banjulele)
(Review by Russell)
Some people never learn; one should not attempt - not for the first time - to enter by the main door. Oops! Almost sent piano man Roy Gibson flying, positioned, as ever, back to the door, hard up against it. Typical pub gig set-up; pianist against the door, drummer in the bay window, front line seated, partially obscured from view by ill-considered partitioning (ship’s wheel, for some reason). The Cullercoats Brewery was represented on the bar (Shuggy Boat Blonde), so too the rarely seen cask Bass. A good start to the afternoon.
Cadbury Cream Eggs are in the shops you know. To celebrate, clarinetist Barry Soulsby led off with Easter Parade. Good Egg Soulsby’s silky clarinet shared frontline duties with multi instrumentalist Iain McAulay (trombone and some trumpet, thankfully/sadly - delete as applicable - the amiable Scot had locked away his bagpipes for another year). Maureen Hall sang a few tunes, for the most part content to shine the spotlight on her charges. Hall told us You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You and to commemorate one of the band sporting a shiner (name withheld), offered an excellent take on Black and Blue. McAulay sang China Boy, Roy You Hum It Son, I’ll Play It Gibson supplied, right on cue, decorative Oriental accompaniment. Hall closed the first set with a rousing I Double Dare You. Interval raffle tickets (sold a pup), Bass no longer available (he who hesitates), another Shuggy Boat a more than acceptable substitute.
Hall welcomed Doris Fenn to the ‘bandstand’ (a seat in the carpeted engine room alongside stoker-in-chief Jim McKeown). You’re Nobody’s Sweetheart Now heard Hall at her best (rhythm section cookin’) and a highlight of the year (early days!) featured McAulay’s trombone on Georgia. A good session. Lunchtime sessions are clearly to the liking of the regulars at the Black Horse. Night owls can catch the band along the coast on Saturday night (Jan 4) at the Sandpiper on Farringdon Road in Cullercoats. Admission £3.00. – a bargain to be sure with the additional delights of Don Fairley (McAulay and Fairley, two of the finest ‘bonemen east of the Mississippi) and star clarinetist Gavin Lee. 8:30 stomp off.   
Russell.           .                        

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