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14776 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1395 of them this year alone and, so far, 11 this month (Dec. 4).

From This Moment On ...

December

Sat 04: Play Jazz! Workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Clark Tracey. £25.00., book at: www.jazz.coop. .
Sat 04: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert’s, Hebron, nr. Morpeth. 7:30pm. Festive Special! SOLD OUT!.
Sat 04: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm. £5.00..
Sat 04: Clark Tracey Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £15.00. SOLD OUT! Livestream tickets still available.
Sat 04: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon, North Tyneside. 8:00pm. £3.00. Xmas party.

Sun 05 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 05: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 05: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 05: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 05: Glenn Miller Orchestra UK @ Stockton Globe. 3:00pm. Ray McVay & co.
Sun 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 7:00pm.
Sun 05: Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 06: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 06: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ o/s The People’s Kitchen, Bath Lane, Newcastle 7:00-7:30pm.

Tue 07: Classic Swing @ The Ship Inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Tue 07: Customs House Big Band @ All Saints Church Hall, Cleadon. 7:00pm.
Tue 07: Dilutey Juice @ Little Buildings, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale; Paul Grainger; Tim Johnston. NOTE EARLIER START!

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 8:00pm. Concert performance. Free admission.
Wed 08: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 08: Durham Uni Big Band + Durham Uni Jazz Soc Big Band @ Durham University Students' Union. 8:00pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 09: Hot Club du Nord, Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee. 7:00pm (doors). £10.00. + bf.
Thu 09: Tenderlonius + Knats @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00. (£10.00. inc food).
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 09: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Fri 10: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Secret Night Gang @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 10: Alter Ego @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 11: Life Drawing & Live Jazz @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas. Book via: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.
Sat 11: Boys of Brass @ Branding Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival (Day 2) @ North Shore. March 7

(Review by Russell)
Day two. An early start for some at an over subscribed workshop. Tutors, participants, North Shore staff and festival volunteers were at it early. LeedsBig Band Theory launched the competition proper at noon. The Open Section (senior bands, typically a university big band) attracted no fewer than nine entries. The Leeds-based band led by MD Edd Maughan were making a return visit to Sunderland with two familiar faces from the Durham County Youth Big Band in the ranks – drummer Abbey Finn and a busy (what’s new?) Tom Hill (trumpet).
The first tune of five – Tune Up – was a band composition. Were they tuning up or were they  playing Tune Up? The latter. A kaleidoscope of colours, bold, ambitious, would it catch the ear of adjudicators Mick Donnelly and Paul Jones? Here’s That Rainy Day caught the ear of your reviewer.
Newcomers to the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival MSC Big Band (Manchester Student Community Big Band) made a big impression. South Rampart Street Parade a good choice with a contemporary treatment. The band’s resident composer/arranger Sam James offered the band Taste My Grape (My Grape is Fizzy) – it tasted good. At one o’clock precisely the first of the day’s highlights. At short notice vocalist Jenny Shrimpton depped for the unwell Fabia Carney. Shrimpton sang Skyfall (Adele, 007). This was one of the great performances anywhere, anytime. What would the adjudicators think? The band’s MD Tom Guyer and Assistant MD Sam Walker – Guyer (keyboards), Walker (drums) a young man from the north east studying medicine – led from the front with enthusiasm.
MD Dave Hignett is a man big on talent (a top trumpet player) and big on enthusiasm. His Tyne Valley Big Band (all twenty five or twenty six, or not quite sure of the numbers) crowded the stage, someone fired a gun (metaphorically) and they sped off on several crazy laps of Theme from the Flintstones. You couldn’t help but smile. The show-stopping Barbara Hignett (vocals) stopped the show and, literally, silenced the crowd, finger to lips ‘Shhhh’ as she hushed It’s Oh So Quiet. Then, bang!!! What a showgirl! A dynamic Live and Let Die (Andrea DeVere, tenor saxophone), Tyne Valley Big Band-style. A community band to be proud of.
University of Lancaster Music Society Big Band presented four numbers. The band’ s joint MD Jonathan Vince (Matthew Clare, co-MD) led his troops into battle with his own epic tenor solo on As Time Goes By. Vocalist Amelia Jay sang clearly, in tempo on It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). A good set. Musicians and audience were looking for refreshment. The bar had been open for a couple of hours. A frothy pint of the Leamside Brewery’s Adventure,  a ‘hello’ to familiar faces on the way back from the bar - Tony, John, Peter, Alex, Tom, a familiar face every step. 
Pre-competition, two of the bands’ proposed programmes looked good (on paper) and one of them – Durham Alumni Big Band - were ready to go. MD Shaune Eland conducted three pieces – ESP (arr. Matt Roberts), Alfedo (arr. Stan Sultzmann) and James Hamilton’s Back on Your Heads. Alex Baker (tenor) on ESP exemplified what this band is about – consummate musicianship, no ‘show’, no grandstanding. All sections could be heard at all times. A sign of a good band. Ian Robinson took a flugel feature on Alfredo and the ensemble work on James Hamilton’s piece was a delight. Special mention for Paul Grainger (double bass). A late dep for the unavailable Amy Baker. Grainger sight read the parts and Shaune Eland thanked him for doing a grand job. Mind you, PG had it easy working with an ace rhythm section – Dean Stockdale (piano), Tom Stephenson (guitar) and ‘the award-winning’ Stephen Fletcher (drums)!
Last year’s Great North Big Band Jazz Festival included the debut appearance of the sensational Managers’ Big Band. Dynamic isn’t the word. Pianist MD Ben Shepherd and his Bolton-based band make Buddy Rich appear a shrinking violet! They were back. Tank! (Opening Theme to Bebop Cowboy), comp. Yoko Kanno, set the pace (breakneck) and it didn’t slacken. Kyran Matthews (tenor) stripped paint off the walls. Last year’s award-winning trumpeter Jay Shepherd played impossibly brilliant stuff on Portrait of Louis Armstrong and it left one question hanging in the air…Had they done enough to win? A big band fan and supporter of Bebop Spoken Here suggested they could well have done more than enough. 
Title holders Durham University Big Band came out fighting. MD Chris Jones didn’t have to crack the whip as his charges ripped into Whiplash. All to play for. Richard Turner’s Too Minor (arr. Rueben Fowler) featured solos from alto sax player Dan Garel and Ollie Farley (guitar). 
The Durham students were followed by Huddersfield University Big Band, themselves previous winners at North Shore. Neal Hefti, Gordon Goodwin, Don Menza – good choices. Perhaps the best selection was Bob Florence’s E-Motions (Part 2). Baritone saxophonist Jenny Ashley starred in this moody piece (was it in E?). MD Sean Miller directed with quiet authority. A most impressive set.
The final band on the stand was making its debut public performance. The Gala Big Band has been put together in a matter of months at its Gala Theatre base in Durham by pianist MD Paul Edis. An ensemble drawn from the local community, Edis informed the North Shore audience that no fewer than forty five musicians have signed up to rehearsal sessions! Whittled down to more manageable big band numbers, Edis and co kicked-off with Basie’s One O’clock Jump. Edis must be delighted to have veteran pianist George Hetherington on board. Section soloists stood up and went for it. Nervous or not, they did themselves proud. Lil Darlin’  cut the mustard, no mean feat considering the delicate beauty of the composition.  The Gala Big Band will be in concert at the Gala Theatre on April 19.
The adjudicators – Paul Jones and Mick Donnelly – deliberated. Heads together, their comments committed to paper, the bands (all nine of them) joined the audience to hear the results (including four additional Adjudicators’ Awards). Festival Director Bill Watson invited Professor Gary Holmes, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Sunderland University, to present the awards:
Adjudicators’ Award: Andrea DeVere (tenor saxophone) Tyne Valley Big Band
Adjudicators’ Award: Ollie Farley (guitar) Durham University Big Band
Adjudicators’ Award: Jenny Shrimpton (vocals) MSC Big Band
Adjudicators’ Award: Jonny Dunn (trumpet) Durham Alumni Big Band
Most Entertaining Programme: Tyne Valley Big Band
Best Section: Saxophone Section, Durham Alumni Big Band
Best Soloist: Kyran Matthews (tenor saxophone) The Managers Band
Best Band: Durham Alumni Big Band     

A winners’ concert followed the competition. Big smiles, relaxed playing. A great way to end another memorable day at the twelfth Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. Day three (Sunday) starts with a workshop, then the competition element resumes with Schools and Youth Sections. A guaranteed great day out.
Russell.

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