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13,367 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 785 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (June 16).

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JUNE

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop. SOLD OUT. Livestream available from £7.50.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). POSTPONED!

Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Friday, October 21, 2016

Alan Glen Trio @ The Empty Shop. October 20

Alan Glen (piano), John Pope (double bass) & Paul Wight (drums)
(Review by Russell) 
The Empty Shop is something of a misnomer. Walk up the stairs to the first floor space on one of its regular jazz nights and invariably the place will be heaving. A return visit featuring the north east’s master pianist Alan Glen proved to be no exception. As Glen began his set the ‘house full’ signs were being hung on the doors. Empty shop? Closed shop, more like!
Mr Glen lets the music do the talking: Love for Sale, Stella by Starlight, Love is a Many Splendoured Thing, the GAS book. Accompanying our softly spoken pianist were John Pope and Paul Wight; a firmly established working trio consistently attracting audiences wherever they play. Durham’s Empty Shop would reject any notion that it has adopted a ‘shabby chic’ look, it’s proudly shabby. Floor boards, paint splattered chairs…and jazz.
Durham University’s students frequent Empty Shop and, by and large, listen. In years to come they’ll fondly remember hearing Alan Glen. They’ll apply the yardstick: Not quite as good as Alan Glen, but decent enough, when listening to the latest ‘buzz’ name. It’s a simple matter…the material. Tried and tested, Glen explores tunes he’s played a million times, yet he surprises – perhaps surprising himself – in finding something new, a chord progression, a nuanced rephrasing. Old hands (there were a few) and Durham’s ‘Bright Young Things’ heard affable drummer Paul Wight knock around fours East of the Sun and West of the Moon, bassist John Pope, grabbed a number of solos during the evening (his sound ‘just so’) and Mr Glen came up with a new composition –  Easy Go received its world premier public performance. We’ll be hearing it again, it’s in the Glen pad, and in due course will vie for Gasser status. Tune Up closed a classy first set.

The Newcastle Jazz Co-op ‘curated’ session resumed with more Miles (Solar), Beautiful Love (JP soloing), a thoughtful Glen intro to A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and a robust take on Bye Bye Blackbird. Two staples – Four and All Blues (JP and PW doing the business) – framed a sensitive reading of Rolling Sid with Wight dedicating the tune to the late Ray Truscott, a musician who worked many times with Alan Glen. The night drew to a close but not before an encore. Glen suggested Autumn Leaves. The audience showed its appreciation. We departed into the autumnal night.      
    
Bebop Spoken Here’s Durham correspondent Tony Eales confirmed that a new term time only Sunday evening jam session will start this coming Sunday (October 23) led by some of Durham University’s music (and non-music) students. It starts at eight o’clock and it’s free admission. All comers are welcome – sitters-in and listeners.


The next Jazz Co-op Jazz Session at Empty Shop on November 3 presents one of the few remaining opportunities to catch Tyneside-based pianist Francesco Falcioni. It’s sure to be another sold out occasion, indeed, a farewell occasion, as Falcioni is heading south to the bright lights of London.                                 

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