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16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel. Nov 5, evening.

(Review by Russell/photo from Patti’s f/b page)
Bonfire night. Fireworks in the sky, would there be fireworks in the Inspiration Suite? A new departure for the Classic Jazz Party presented a jazz treatment of Greig’s Peer Gynt suite. German reedsman Claus Jacobi arrived on North Tyneside with a briefcase full of arrangements for Music of the Fjords. Swede Jacob Ullberger, guitar, and Norwegians Lars Frank, reeds, and Morten Gunnar Larsen, piano were in on it, so too, Robert Fowler, bass saxophone, ‘bone man Graham Hughes and percussion master Josh Duffee (seen here with 'jazz maniac' EmRah.).

 Claus Jacobi returned to the stage to co-present Jazz in Los Angeles with Keith Nichols. Their programme explored the music of West Coast-based musicians, composers and (in the case of the Spikes brothers), music publishers, many of whom worked as Hollywood studio staff musicians. An informative, potted history of the period referenced Alex Hill, Paul Howard’s Quality Serenaders (Howard employed a promising Lionel Hampton and Lawrence Brown) and Louis Armstrong. Trumpeters Andy Schumm and Enrico Tomasso featured, Jean-François Bonnel lounged studiously in the reeds alongside the consistently good Richard Exall and the region’s star performers – Emma Fisk and Phil Rutherford – contributed to a fascinating set. Thunderous applause greeted Tomasso’s spirited ‘Louis’ trumpet and vocal finale on Shine.

A small group session reunited vocalists Mellow Baku and Janice Day. Songbirds heard first one, then the other, working with the fine trio of Martin Litton, piano, Malcolm Sked playing double bass and drummer Richard Pite in swing mode. Baku selected Skylark and many others including How High the Moon?, Stormy Weather and, with pianist Litton as accompanist, presented a magnificent reading of Come Sunday. Janice Day sang about a Blue Moon, La Vien Rose and that Old Devil Moon. Ms Baku and Ms Day concluded a most entertaining set singing about a honky tonk parade – it’s only a Paper Moon, don’t you know?

The Don Redman Orchestra assembled on stage for the closing set. There wasn’t a seat to be had in the concert hall as Josh Duffee’s all star band played Redman’s arrangements for Fletcher Henderson, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers and his own band of the 1930s. The trumpet section (Daams, Heitger and Tomasso) and the reeds (Bonnel, Frank and Fowler) had their hands full dealing with the music, eyes trained on the dots, this was something special! Piano, bass and drums (Boeddinghaus, Lemaire and Duffee) worked their socks off, similarly genial Jim Fryer, trombone, and guitarist Jacob Ullberger, hidden away in the depths of the engine room. Fryer sang How’m I Doin’, Keith Nichols joined the boys to sing Gee, Baby, A’int I Good to You? and there was Redman’s signature Chant of the Weed. Robert Fowler and Jean-François Bonnel engaged in a muscular tenor chase finale on Redman’s 1953 (positively modern!) For Europeans Only. The set of the day! Those with the stamina retired to the bar for another late night jam session.                                             

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

How'm I doin', twee twee twee, twa twa! I'm just about back to earth after this heavenly jazzy weekend - and already starting planning for next year's! Thank you, Russell, for the write ups - and Lance, as always, for his great blog!

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