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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: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
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. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Colin Aitchison, Franco Valussi & Steve Andrews @ The Black Bull. July 5


Colin Aitchison (trumpet & vocals), Franco Valussi (clarinet), Steve Andrews (tenor saxophone), Roly Veitch (guitar) & Roy Cansdale (bass guitar) +Jim McBriarty (clarinet)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Jeanie Aitchison)
Crossing the Redheugh Bridge menacing storm clouds hung over Blaydon. They weren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Fork lightning, sheet lightning…welcome to Blaydon! On this Sunday night the weather didn’t play ball. Fine weather all week, then an hour before gig time thunder and lightning threatened to make it a wash-out. Jazz club organiser Roly Veitch ran through a few things with guests ex-pat trumpeter Colin Aitchison and clarinet maestro Franco Valussi. Would anyone turn-up?
Eight o’clock; few people had taken their seats. Two numbers in and latecomers made for a respectable turn-out. In a Mellotone then Sugar. It made braving the elements worth it, well worth it. The frontline – Aitchison, Valussi and Steve Andrews (tenor) – had already laid down top rate solos and more were to follow. Moten Swing, Royal Garden Blues, the small group swing absolutely immaculate. Aitchison asked Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? in his brilliant take on Satchmo’s classic vocal style. So impressed was Steve Andrews that he wondered out loud: What you been drinkin?’ This the first of   Andrews’ many witty asides.
Aitchison asked Veitch (guitar) to set the tempo on China Boy. The tempo set, the boys in the band did their best to keep up! Fabulous rhythm section work from Veitch, and all the way from Gloucestershire, bassist Roy Cansdale. Aitchison and Andrews were in need of a rest (visit to the bar) and left it to Hong Kong-based Italian clarinetist Franco Valussi to show what he could do on Moonglow. FV is a great musician – it is a treat to hear him on Tyneside. Rhythm ace Veitch threw in a top solo on A Smooth One ahead of Aitchison’s solo feature I Want a Little Girl (trumpet and vocal). The Wallsend-born Aitchison plays great trumpet, sings, and, something of a rarity, is an entertainer into the bargain. Playing second fiddle, Steve Andrews nevertheless impressed. Every time he blew tenor it was so good. His solo feature – East of the Sun (West of the Moon) – encapsulated his sound, so much a fan of Coleman Hawkins.  
Kowloon has a fabulous clarinetist, so does Newcastle. Byker-born Jim McBriarty joined the band for a few tunes kicking off with Crazy Rhythm. All excelled, not least Cansdale, undemonstrative yet on top of it. Indiana pitched the two clarinetists into the spotlight. A contrast in styles, singularly masterful of instrument. A Sunday night in Blaydon offering world-class jazz. Can you believe it? It rained Pennies from Heaven (McBriarty and the rhythm strings superb) sang Aichison. Rosetta and more. Tune after tune, great playing.
In a fortnight – Sunday 19th – the Black Bull is the place to be to hear the Ruth Lambert Trio. Ms Lambert will sing original compositions and a choice selection from the Great American Songbook in the company of master guitarist Giles Strong and Mick Shoulder (double bass). This concert is one for lovers of the intimate interpretation of a lyric. See you there.   
Blaydon Photos (Recent).    
Russell.            

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