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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sun 10: Tusk X Yeah You @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. 12 noon. £10.00. All day event, line-up inc. Pat Thomas.
Sun 10: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); River City Jazzmen (1:35pm); House of the Black Gardenia (3:10pm); Classic Swing (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.
Sun 10 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 10: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Saltwell Park, Gateshead NE9 5AX. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 10: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazzframe @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Early Bird Sessions @ The Lit & Phil. April 9

Ben Lawrence (trumpet), James Metcalf (trumpet), Francis Tulip (guitar), Philipp Grobe (piano), Dan Lawrence (bass), Rory Gardener (drums) & Paul Edis (MD & alto saxophone)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Jerry Edis).
The Saturday morning philosophy group vacated their usual space in favour of the ‘quiet room’ in the bowels of the Lit & Phil. As the philosophers got down to some thinking the Early Bird jazz ensemble got stuck into some charts and an hour or so later performed in front of a paying public.
A week before Jambone’s high-profile concert at this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival with Phil Meadows and the Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sage Gateshead the Early Birds were augmented by three Jamboners; Philipp Grobe (piano), Rory Gardener (drums) and trumpeter James Metcalf. Tutor Paul Edis and the boys (no girls, a deficiency in the jazz world in general) ran through five tunes in half an hour. Tenor Madness (the lack of a tenor player in the line-up didn’t escape the observant Edis) opened the programme and a round of solos introduced the new faces – Metcalf possesses a rounded tone, Grobe is an assured performer and the keen Gardener played with brushes and no little gusto.
Alice in Wonderland featured the string-playing regulars Francis Tulip, guitar, and bassist Dan Lawrence as the ensemble got its collective head around the demands of a waltz time standard, and for good measure worked out a dissonant coda. Regular brass player Ben (a  couple of years the younger of the Lawrence brothers) led impressively on Yesterdays. Metcalf followed his brass frontline band mate, Francis Tulip knocked out a superb solo and Edis took it home on alto.
Scrapple from the Apple and Lady Bird (the depping Rory Gardener ‘giving it some’ with a vigorous brush workout on the latter) rounded off another of the Lit and Phil’s Saturday morning Early Bird sessions. The next one in the series is on May 14 at 11:00am.   
Russell.     

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