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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

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.

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

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

Monday, October 03, 2016

Sloth Racket @ The Bridge Hotel - October 2

Cath Roberts (baritone sax); Sam Andreae (tenor sax); Anton Hunter (guitar); Seth Bennett (bass); Johnny Hunter (drums).
(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
Sloth Racket made a triumphant return to Newcastle on Sunday night. It was Jazz North East who programmed their debut at the 2015 Gateshead International Jazz Festival. A good turnout suggests they must have impressed last time out.
The early stages of several of the tunes seemed to be dominated by the bowed bass of Seth Bennett and this coupled with the baritone sax gave off a somewhat sombre feel at times – I guess these were the ‘Sloth’ parts of the performance. Not to be outdone, when the ‘Racket’ side of the band got its opportunity a joyful exuberance soon emanated from the stage and out to the audience.  
Sadly, due to an administrative cock-up, the raffle, normally the highlight of all Jazz North East gigs, failed to take place. Wes tried to placate the baying audience before the start of the second set by displaying one of the astonishing complex sheets of music the band work from. I’m sure no one in the audience was any the wiser, but this didn’t lessen the enjoyment of the second set which culminated in a wonderful final piece which had an almost Coltrane-like feel to it.
Clearly, the band thoroughly enjoyed themselves freely improvising from Cath Roberts’ complicated compositions. Each member of the band contributed fascinating individual pieces but it was the collective as a whole which really entertained and exhilarated. For those wanting to know where the next tune or rhythm is coming from this may not be the band for you, but those who wish to experience a challenging and interesting musical journey, I can thoroughly recommend spending an evening with the Sloth Racket.
Steve H.

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