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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party – Village Hotel, the afternoon set Sunday Nov. 8

(Review by Russell)
Seven sets in five hours on one stage. Musicians took to the stage, and vacated it, in good time, ensuring events ran to schedule. Star names appeared in a mind boggling number of combos. Some, at the conclusion of a set, stepped off the stand for a minute or two before resuming their place in the brass, reeds or rhythm sections. The function suite’s acoustics enabled the guitarists to play acoustically – and be heard – in a variety of settings. Grand piano, a vintage percussion assemblage, string and brass bass instruments stage right and left, Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party ran like clockwork.
The Union Rhythm Kings stomped-off at noon led by Frans Sjöström. Humpty Dumpty, Bill Challis’ arrangement of Jelly Roll’s Crocodile Cradle and a hot Clarinet Marmalade made for an impressive start. Bent Persson, Kris Kompen, Lars Frank and the ‘boys’ (the youthful Nicholas Ball qualifies, likewise Kompen) met with a great reception from a full house.
Orange Blossoms pollinated, the Casa Loma Orchestra bloomed. The exceptional talent that is Josh Duffee put together a ten piece band to explore the legacy of Jean Goldkette’s swing band. Percussionist Duffee seemingly popped up in every other set. This one, a full hour’s worth of great music, featured an ace line-up: trumpeters Andy Schumm and Duke Heitger, reeds men Michael McQuaid, Matthias Seuffert and Robert Fowler, Kompen and the N’Awlins pianist David Boeddinghaus working with the Duffee-led rhythm section of Martin Wheatley (guitar) and the ebullient Richard Pite (bass). The tuxedoed Duffee gave an authoritative account of the genesis and development of the Casa Loma band, the early years the golden period: Stompin’ Around, Dance of the Lame Duck and the piano-vocals duet featuring Janice Day on Moanin’ Low. Duffee spoke warmly of his now annual visit to the Classic Jazz Party saying: the talent and quality is 150% the whole time!
Seagoon Serenders and Men of the World promised who knows what? Keith Nichols – mastermind of the first set, accordion-playing court jester to the latter – worked alongside Michael McQuaid (cornet & reeds), Thomas Winteler (reeds), Emma Fisk (violin), Spats Langham (banjo and vocals), Janice Day and, on a couple of numbers, the fine string bass player Malcolm Sked. Add Claus Jacobi, Morton Gunnar Larsen, Henry Lemaire (guitar and banjo) and sousaphone maestro Phil Rutherford to the cast list and it became a game of musical chairs. The Mooche a highlight, so too Richard Piccolo Pete Pite!
Janice Day and Mellow Baku were happy to be the Classic Jazz Party’s Songbirds and Nightingales. Duke Heitger led the session. Alongside the amiable American was fellow trumpeter Menno Daams, Winteler (reeds), ‘Wor Emma’, the brilliant Emma Fisk and the estimable Martin Litton (piano) with Sked and Duffee. Heitger’s swing sensibilities fitted the bill and, in so doing, encouraged Duffee to demonstrate his command of ‘swing feel’ material. Baku sang the Razaf/Redman classic I Cover the Waterfront. Brilliant! A small group Baku swing session wouldn’t have gone amiss!
In describing Duke Heitger as an amiable guy the same applies to Andy Schumm. A Bix disciple, What Bix could have played – Volume 2 gave the American every excuse (as if one were needed!) to revisit last year’s session focusing on tunes Beiderbecke played but never recorded. And what a line-up!... Schumm, Kompen, McQuaid, Boeddinghaus, Sjöström and Duffee. Wolverine Blues, digging back to the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Driftwood and more – a great set.
Thomas Winteler plays Bechet closed the entertainment marathon. Hot isn’t the word! Joining Winteler: Bent Persson, trumpet, Graham Hughes, trombone, Morton Gunnar Larsen, piano, Jacob Ullberger, banjo, Frans Sjöström, bass saxophone, Henry Lemaire,  bass and percussionist Nicholas Ball. Muskrat Ramble, Blues in the Air to When You and I Were Young, Maggie to Lady Luck and more. Thomas Winteler was Sidney Bechet!    
Russell.          

1 comment :

EmmaFiskJazzVio said...

I didn't see you there Wor Russell! Hope you enjoyed it.
Emma x

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