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Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Trio Subtonic @ The Jazz Café Newcastle April 8










Galen Clark (keys/melodica/electronics); Greg Gottlieb (bs); Charlie Doggett (dms). 
(Review & photo by Lance./action shot courtesy of Mike Tilley).
The audience hit double figures and included a party frae Dundee. This prompted the thought that, if the Scots could cross the Roman Wall, why couldn't wor lot make it beyond the Byker Wall?
Still, the stay at homers' missed out. 
The Trio Subtonic, from Portland, Oregon, are groove merchants through and through. It's funky, it's jazzy, it sometimes gets your feet tapping whilst at other times it's a mind exercise as Clark creates subtle electronic sounds - giving a sonic, ethereal feel. He does this, not with a multi gizmo pedalboard as guitarists often distort their instrument's sound with, but effectively, with one unit and another small box of tricks. This electronic wizardry I can handle!
Clark plays fine keyboard but, it was the windblown keyboard - the melodica - that provided the icing. I sold a lot of melodicas when I worked in that place in the Central Arcade but I'd never heard one used so effectively as this.
Charlie Doggett on drums - a jazz name if ever there was one (Bill Doggett/Charlie Parker) - he lived up to expectations. His solo on the number at the end of the first set drew the applause - don't drum solos always do?
Greg Gottlieb, a southpaw, on bass, is from Australia and only depping for this tour but, would you have guessed?
Funky, groovy, riffs, tempo changes, mood swings. You should have been there - tele must have been good tonight!
All is not lost. Trio Subtonic play Southampton's Modern Jazz Club on Sunday and NUFC are kicking a ball around against Southampton on Saturday (today). What a weekend in store for those who like to combine the joys of listening to 3 underpaid men and the pain of watching 22 overpaid men practising their art!
I had to leave early as Metros and 27 buses aren't taxis and, cabs on a Friday night are in great demand.
However, before I left, Russell and I chatted with the trio. Being from Portland, Oregon, I mentioned Rebecca Kilgore. "Becky? Great singer", said Doggett. We were on the same wavelength!

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