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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord @ Hot Club de Blaydon. April 9


Emma Fisk (violin), James Birkett (guitar), Dave Harris (guitar) & Paul Baxter (double bass)
(Review by Russell/photos courtesy of Emma Fisk)
Blaydon Jazz Club hosted the debut gig of Emma Fisk’s new Hot Club outfit. Several musicians on the north-east jazz scene turned out for the occasion, adding a few to the Black Bull’s regular numbers. Friends catching up, musicians making connections, an alive and kicking jazz club, the future looks bright!
Overlooking the Tyne, the Black Bull on Bridge Street became a Hot Club of the North for one night only. Django and Stephane the inspiration, violinist Fisk’s new quartet is destined for stardom, or, at the very least, a full diary of engagements up and down the land. Coquette, Charleston, I’m Confessin’ – the opener a classic, Charleston, a surprise, I’m Confessin’, magical with Fisk’s virtuosic intro.
Crazy Rhythm featured James ‘Django’ Birkett and introduced the depping Paul Baxter (contrabass). Baxter, more often heard in contemporary jazz circles, slotted in with ease, setting a benchmark for his long term successor. Bandleader Fisk took time to place the tunes in context; the 11-bar (Django’s prerogative) blues Viper’s Dream, rhythm master Dave Harris (a founding member of Djangology) on It Had to be You (Harris at pains to point out the difference between ‘noodling’ and ‘waffling’) and If You Only Knew How Much I Love You, heard the guitarist in fine form. Django Birkett followed up with great playing of his own on Exactly like You and the ensemble brought the first set to a close with a rousing Sweet Georgia Brown.
Interval conversation revolved around the forthcoming Gateshead Jazz Festival but not before a straw poll gave a unanimous thumbs up to the first set. World class jazz at the Black Bull, Blaydon. You’re thinking: Yeah, right. A pub in the Borough of Gateshead can’t possibly be home to such talent. It was and it is. Next month’s session will be just as good, but more of that later.
Historic recording sessions and arrangements peppered Fisk’s informative introductions. Birkett’s take on the 1936 gem Oriental Shuffle a delight, Minor Swing (Fisk suggesting they had to play it!) with staggering solos from Fisk and Birkett and the 1938 recording of Daphne revisited. Great musicians make it look easy. Nuages, then Swing 39 were as good as it gets. And there was more…Limehouse Blues and the showstopper Dark Eyes to end a marvellous evening. Fisk’s quartet clearly enjoyed working together and, for a first gig, things couldn’t have gone much better. Immaculate, note perfect violin playing, the astonishing guitar playing of Dr Birkett, Harris the rhythm king and a dream dep bass player, Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord is up and running. Hot Club de Black Bull, Hot Club de France, Vive le jazz!
More world class jazz next month – May 15 – with the Noel Dennis-Paul Edis Quartet.
Russell.

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