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15094 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1113 of them this year alone and, so far, 11 this month (Feb. 4).

From This Moment On ...

February

Mon 06: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 07: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums). Jam session reverts to a first & third Tuesday in the month schedule.

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Jam session @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Free. TBC.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 08: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guest band: Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Richie Emmerson (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com.
First gig of four (1/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA.
Sat 11: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 7:00pm. £15.00. on the door.
Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Second gig of four (2/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: Vermont Big Band & the Coast Connection @ The Seahorse, Whitley Bay FC. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet), raffle. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: The Rebelators @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 12: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. LAST SESSION!
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Third gig of four (3/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA.
Sun 12: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 12: Jive Aces @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: www.wegottickets.com. Fourth gig of four (4/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA.
Sun 12: Sylvain Darrifourcq-Manuel Hermia-Valentin Ceccaldi @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Reunion @ Blaydon Jazz Club. July 10

Colin Aitchison (trumpet & vocals), Franco Valussi (clarinet & tenor saxophone), Steve Andrews (tenor saxophone & clarinet), Roly Veitch (guitar) & Roy Cansdale (bass guitar) + Red Pellini (tenor saxophone), Jim McBriarty (clarinet) & Neville Sarony (vocals)
(Review by Russell/Photos courtesy of Jeannie)
The scenic Tyne Valley railway butts up against the back door of the Black Bull. Picture the Edwardian scene…pub-goers standing on the terrace, faces peering through wrought iron railings, necks craning to catch first sight of the Flying Scotsman. You could say an everyday occurrence, except this is 2016. Blaydon Jazz Club’s monthly gig was about to begin in the lounge of the Black Bull but not before a battery of iPhone snappers got that all-important shot. Here she comes! The iconic engine hurtled past hauling its carriages - carriages full of steam train buffs who, no doubt, paid a pretty penny for the privilege - to Newcastle Central. In this era of the instant image, the results of the assembled snappers were, for the most part, unlikely to feature on the front cover of Steam Train Weekly.
The Flying Scotsman way down the line, thoughts turned to jazz…Hong Kong style jazz. Colin Aitchison was in town and as usual he brought with him Franco Valussi. An Italian living in Hong Kong, Valussi is a fabulous clarinet player. Previous visits won him praise from all quarters. Those in the know knew they couldn’t miss this one. Ex-pat Aitchison, a jazz man to his core, leads a stompin’ session at Ned Kelly’s in Kowloon. It’s anyone’s guess how many great players sit-in (let’s book a flight to Hong Kong and check it out!), Valussi we knew about but we didn’t know about Red Pellini or Neville Sarony. We were about to find out…
Lady be Good, Tea for Two with Aitchison leading with the verse, an apposite Slow Boat (to you know where), Aitchison and Valussi crooning it on Jeepers Creepers with Italian tenor player Red Pellini in on the fun, this was the stuff! ‘Red’ (now there’s a proper jazz name) produced such a big sound it came as something of a shock to the system, making Earl Bostic appear timid in comparison! Signor Pellini has worked with Bob Wilber – in other words, he can play. Local lad, long-since Cumbrian resident, Steve Andrews played tenor every bit as well as our Italian guest and made sure he got in the one-liners, such as, when looking quizzically at his tenor: It was in tune when I bought it!
The Rolls Royce rhythm section, seated at the back, purred. Messrs Roly Veitch, guitar, and Roy Cansdale, bass guitar, didn’t miss a beat, nor any of the jokes, chuckling away as Aitchison and Andrews entertained out front. The band permutations were many; a tenor trio, later a three-clarinet front line of Valussi, Andrews and Jim McBriarty. Yes, Maine Street mainstay McBriarty, earlier in the day to be heard outside Tynemouth Priory, made the trip to Blaydon. A class act is McBriarty. A rousing Exactly Like You concluded the first set, with, as Colin Aitchison observed, the Blaydon Black Bull Big Band. All hands on deck including vocalist Mr Neville Sarony, surely the debonair one at Ned Kelly’s.   
The Black Bull was busy. When word gets around that the Reunion Band is back in town the goggle box gets switched-off and a b-line is made to Bridge Street, Blaydon. A Flying Scotsman, Black Sheep Bitter, a raffle, a chat and before you know it’s the second set.
In a Mellotone, Fats promising to write that letter courtesy of Neville Sarony, described by Aichison as Ned Kelly’s ‘QC - Quality Controller’ and a stinging critique of Donald Trump thanks to Sarony’s updated lyrics to It Had to be You. A two-tenor highlight on Apex Blues threatened to steal the show with Andrews and Pellini going for it, as did the clarinet duo Valussi and McBriarty with Aitchison first growling then plungering.
Bill Bailey took us up to closing time. The full band, vocals, snapping jazz fingers, great playing. More! More! It should be noted (this ain’t fair) Franco Valussi, clarinet virtuoso also played some great tenor. Why don’t these musos settle for being good at one thing? So, an encore was won. Ain’t Misbehavin’. Ain’t kiddin’, this was one great session. Next month at Blaydon Jazz Club (August 21) a jazz piano trio worth travelling many a mile to hear, the Dean Stockdale Trio will be playing Oscar, Stockdale originals and more with a top class bass and drums pairing – Mick Shoulder and Adam Sinclair. Eight o’clock, see you there.
Photos.                      
Russell.

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