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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...

August

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri. 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Ayr Jazz Club, Fairfield House Hotel, Fairfield Rd, AYR KA7 2AS. 7:30pm. For accommodation call the hotel on 01292 267461. For tickets call Ayr Jazz Club Secretary, Stuart McLean, on 01292 590773.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).
Sat 20: Boys of Brass @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.). www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk.
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 22: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 23: FILM: Space is the Place @ Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle. 6:25pm. Dir. John Coney (1974). Starring Sun Ra!
Tue 23: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).
Tue 23: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Steve Glendinning, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 24: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Jo Harrop Quartet @ The Cherry Tree, Jesmond. Nov. 5

Jo Harrop (vcl); Paul Edis (pno); Neil Harland (bs); Adam Sinclair (dms) + Joel McCullough (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
Jo's not infrequent visits are always welcomed by this particular reviewer and, after last night's transport problems, I was delighted to get there tonight (Thursday) without any hitches.
My biggest worry was that the fireworks that were making the country seem like a warzone might overpower the vocals. I needn't have worried, a small section of the audience drowned out the fireworks!
Nevertheless, it didn't spoil my enjoyment - I just moved my audio senses into a higher gear. My video senses were already close to melting point.
The trio kicked things off with How Insensitive. I don't know if this was a subtle barb at a certain table but, if it was, it flew over their heads! All three were in fine form.
Jo opened up with East of the Sun followed by a tongue twisting Love me or Leave me and an emotive Autumn in New York
My starter was Crispy Hens Egg, Celeriac and Bacon. Jo was singing The Man I Love, I was singing The Hen I Love! - I hope the birth was straight forward with no complications! I've Got the World on a String had no complications either - straight down the middle. From This Moment on was the moment I decided that, from this moment on, nothing could compare with listening to Jo and the Edis trio whilst dining on a 6oz Rump Steak, traditional garnish, Fries, Marmite Butter and a dash of English mustard; and washed down with a flagon of Black Sheep Ale. I'm a Fool to Want You, Alone Together and Fine and Mellow brought the set to a close.
The second set moved up a notch and I don't just mean the Pear Frangipane but the addition to the ensemble of Joel McCullough on guitar. The [now] quartet played Tadd Dameron's Ladybird and, to quote another Tadd tune it was our delight!
To make things even better the yackety yackers left and we could now truly appreciate the artistry of the performers.I Can't Give You Anything but Love; Let's Face the Music and Dance; Sophisticated Lady; This Can't be Love; It's Alright with me; You Must Believe in Spring; Too Close for Comfort; Just One of those Things and Over the Rainbow brought a superb evening to a close.
Catch Jo and Paul at Gala Theatre today (Friday) lunchtime and in the evening at the Jazz Café
Lance.
PS: Why does Adam have A.J Thompson on the front of his [drum] kit?

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