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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
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: King Bees @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

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, Michael Mather.

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. 8:30pm.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Festival Report: Swaledale Festival – Liane Carroll and Friends - June 1

(From our foreign correspondent...)
On the evening of Monday 1 June your intrepid reporter ventured in wind and rain, out of the usual geographic boundaries of the beboposphere, into wild and woolly Richmondshire.
I chanced to hear an item on BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line Up about bassist Malcolm Creese and his label, Audio-B, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year.  In the course of this article the Swaledale Festival (Music, Arts and Walking in the Yorkshire Dales) was mentioned – Creese has been the Artistic Director of the festival since October 2007.  This gig was specifically mentioned – interesting, I thought, and e-tickets were duly purchased (fully up to date in Swaledale!).
I and my companions arrived late in Richmond thanks to the Gateshead Western Bypass.  With little time we headed to the town centre – every eaterie seems to be closed on a Monday evening!  We were, however, able to grab a quick bite in the Kings Head Hotel and arrived at the venue, the “Influence Church”, a couple of minutes after the 7.30pm start time.  This is not as strange as it may sound – the Church turns out to be a sizeable redundant cinema which serves both as a place of worship and a community facility.  We were able to sneak into the back row under the cover of some applause during the first number.
Liane Carroll was on vocals with Friends – Gwilym Simcock (piano and “Hammond”); Malcolm Creese (bass) and Dave Ohm (drums).  The format was very relaxed with Liane Carrol delivering jovial patter between numbers.  Sheep jokes seemed to be a feature.  But, to the music (more baabop than bebop – sorry!).  Liane Carroll sang and scatted with the band for most of the numbers.  For a couple of songs the boys took themselves off stage and Liane Carroll played piano and sang.  I was not taking notes but The Nearness of You (aka a claustrophobic ram – not my joke) featured, as did a couple of tracks from Carroll's most recent album, Ballads* (she wanted to call it A Load of Ballads, but this was disallowed!), including All About the Boy.  The first set lasted over one hour.  There was then a generous interval to allow the throng round the small bar to die down.  Liane herself came out to buy some wine – no freebies at this festival.  It was all very relaxed.
After about one half hour we went back in for the second set.  A surprise guest was announced as present in the audience – one Alexander Bone – although he had not brought his horn with him.  An alto sax appeared from nowhere and Alexander joined the band for a beautiful rendition of Bye-bye Blackbird as the final number.  Bows were duly taken to generous applause.  An encore ensued - Georgia provided a suitable end to the evening.
If, like me, you have not previously heard of the Swaledale Festival it is certainly worth keeping an eye out for next year.  All sorts of music is featured in all sorts of venues in the Swaledale area.  This gig was really well supported with the large auditorium well filled including a bus-load of Carroll's fans, all the way from Kent.
Hugh.
*Review by Debra of Ballads.

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