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14362 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 581 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...

June

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm. CANCELLED!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs. @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bradley Johnston Quartet @ The Jazz Café. February 13.










Bradley Johnston (guitar), Peter Gilligan (keyboards), Paul Susans (double bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Mike Tilley.)
Undergraduate guitar student Bradley Johnston stepped-up to the plate to lead his own quartet on a coveted Friday night date at the Jazz Café in Newcastle. If the young man felt nervous ahead of the advertised eight o’clock start it didn’t show. Johnston’s band mates were on the stand ready to go and right on time they hit the ground running with    a bright and breezy take on Wave.
Sonny Rollins’ Doxy cooked. Johnston laid down a great solo (wow!), the boys took it swing-time (Paul Susans’ walking bass line) and no one in the room had any doubts – Bradley Johnston could cut it with the best of them! A piano-guitar intro to Lover Man exuded sensitivity, as did drummer Paul Wight’s brush work. How Insensitive began as a bossa and somewhere along the line went samba and back to a bossa. 
A vigorous My Funny Valentine (‘You count it in, man’ said Wight) had the backing of the boys with Wight’s fizzing stick-work, Peter Gilligan’s superlative supporting piano and Susans’ smiling admiration for Johnston clear for all to see. Guitarist Johnston is a composer; Pat’s Waltz (referencing a major influence – the one and only Pat Metheny) could have been written by a seasoned musician. We are sure to hear more original material. The sixty minutes’ first set concluded with a raucous Moose the Mooche.
Two numbers into the second set, amidst the hottest playing of the night (a Pat Metheny composition), disaster struck as the bridge on Paul Susan’s double bass collapsed. Bull fiddle prostrate, Susans kneeling over it effecting repairs, Wight sat out as Johnston and Gilligan played an impromptu Spring is Here. Fantastic! But wait! Susans appeared to be losing the battle, the de-stringed instrument looked a terminal case. Gilligan joined bass man Susans on the floor, attempting string-to-string resuscitation. What to do? ‘Play solo, Bradley!’ And so he did. Unflustered, Bradley Johnston played But Beautiful. Amazing, say no more.
Susans and instrument stood upright (temporary repairs effected), game on. Stella By Starlight – it couldn’t get any better. Bandleader Johnston introduced his band – Peter Gilligan, Paul Susans and Paul Wight. The boys in the band made sure we knew who we were listening to…‘Bradley Johnston!’ Huge applause and then they took on Coltrane and tore it up!
Dr James Birkett had a gig of his own at the Globe (see Dean Stockdale review). He would have loved this set. Catch Bradley Johnston at a north east gig soon, because if you don’t, then in a year or two you’ll likely as not find him in London or New York.
Russell. 

2 comments :

Unknown said...

First visit to the Jazz Cafe on Friday Feb 13th 2015 and WOW what a treat! We never expected to here Jazz of this standard in the North East, My brother has travelled to London to get his fix of Jazz music for years always returning with the words when you hear real quality Jazz you will be hooked! He is right but no need to travel to London the Jazz Cafe put on a top quality band and we enjoyed every minute of it from a group of quality musicians, great night one to remember , big thanks to the Jazz Cafe and the Band.

Lance said...

Hi Phillip - so pleased you enjoyed the session at the Jazz Cafe - check it out again for the jam session on tuesday. Maybe your brother could bring some hot shots up from London - cool them down! No seriously, there is a good scene going on here in Newcastle and, if you check out our listings you may never watch TV again!

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