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15878 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 885 of them this year alone and, so far, 83 this month (Sept. 30).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sun 01: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 01: Dulcie May Moreno sings Portrait of Sheila @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. Moreno sings Sheila Jordan with Giles Strong, Mick Shoulder & John Bradford.
Sun 01: Middlesbrough Jazz & Blues Orchestra @ Saltburn Community Hall. 2:00pm.
Sun 01: The Easy Rollers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £13.70., £11.55.
Sun 01: Brand/Roberts/Champion/Sanders @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 01: Papa G's Troves @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 02: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 02: FILM: Wattstax; 50th Anniversary @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 8:00pm.

Tue 03: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 03: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Michael Young (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums). CANCELLED!

Wed 04: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 04: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 04: Paul Skerritt @ Vespa Italian Bar & Steakhouse, Primrose Hill, Jarrow. From 7:00pm. To book a table - 0191 483 3355.
Wed 04: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 05: Sound the Trumpets @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 05: Hot Club du Nord @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00. POSTPONED!
Thu 05: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 05: Tommy Bentz Trio + Mark Croft Duo + George Shovlin & George Lamb @ The Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Harbour View Speakeasy's USA blues double bill + Shovlin & Lamb!
Thu 05: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Thu 05: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 06: Alcyona Mick @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 06: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 06: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 06: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 06: WORKSHOP: Philosophy of Arts & Entertainment @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 2:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 06: Balo @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:20pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 06: Paul Skerritt @ 3Sixty Champagne Lounge, Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle. From 7:00pm. To book a table - 0191 933 8591.
Fri 06: Lexer/Mayes/Noble + Semay Wu + Miman @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:20pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 06: Dulcie May Moreno @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm. £20.00. Book in advance. Moreno with Alan Law, Paul Grainger & John Bradford.
Fri 06: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm. 'Celebrating Oscar'.
Fri 06: Nu Brass Sounds: Big Brass Bash @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Fri 06: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sat 07: WORKSHOP: Philosophy of Arts & Entertainment @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 10:15am. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 07: Hot Club du Nord @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 07: Bugge & Niccols + Moore & Fairhall @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 07: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning - All the Things You Are. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 07: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 07: Rie Nakajima @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 6:20pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 07: Paul Skerritt @ 3Sixty Champagne Lounge, Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle. From 7:00pm. To book a table - 0191 933 8591.
Sat 07: Samuel Blaser Trio + Toxvaerd & Zeeberg + Muramatsu & Welch @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 7:20pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sat 07: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 07: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester le Street. March 5 – Youth Section

(Review by Russell)
The final chorus of this year’s Great North Big Band Jazz Festival, the Youth Section. Saturday’s senior Open Section produced several hours of top class big band jazz, Sunday morning turned the spotlight on schools, now, to close, eight youth big bands, the ensembles which will produce the senior musicians of tomorrow.
Youth Section
Kirklees to Chester le Street, depart 10:15am, arrive in good time for a three o’clock performance. Musica Shelley Big Band arrived safely, tuned-up, and at MD Simon Mansfield’s command, hit the ground running with Randy Newman’s You’ve Got a Friend in Me. Sam Jones’ Unit 7 made a second appearance of the day and we heard some more from the pen of Big Phat master Gordon Goodwin – this time Backrow Politics. A sound start.
The award winning Dave Hignett returned to the scene of his earlier triumph to conduct the Tyne Valley Youth Big Band. A relatively small band (approx twenty!) by MD Hignett’s standards, four tunes in twenty minutes represented something of a leisurely set for the always motoring TVYBB. Planet Gibbous to the Adderley’s Tango Tango to Game of Thrones, Sam Armstrong on trumpet and Sophie Speed playing alto impressed, likewise trumpeters Ben Tanton and Emma Dunwell.

All seats on the Kirklees’  band bus were filled for the trip to Chester le Street. Following hot on the heels of Musica Shelley came MD Adam Kingham and Musica Youth Jazz. A twenty one piece outfit, four numbers, and a trumpet duet featuring Christie Smith and Rebecca Reddiough on a Neal Hefti chart – Duet (trans. Jon Harpin). The Hefti muted horns were a joy to listen to.  A prize winning performance? 

MD Shaune Eland works tirelessly with members of Durham County Youth Big Band. This 2017 edition of the band received the thumbs-up in advance from a keen observer of the big band scene (locally, nationally and internationally). The dynamic Children of Sanchez set the ball rolling with a sit-up-and-take-notice contribution by guitarist Emily Simpson. Burt Bacharach’s The Look of Love and A Child is Born featured alto saxophonist Beth Roberts and the closing number – Sunny – put Omar Shade, tenor, and guitarist Simpson in the spotlight.

Wakefield Youth Jazz Orchestra, conductors Stuart Wilkinson and Amanda Spalding, opted to start with Scrapple from the Apple. Classic material, a good start. The set list also included Richard Ingram’s remarkably titled The Krzysztof Skubiszewski and Alfred Hrdlicka Two-Step. Titles aside, the music was good! Lars Halle’s Funk Tank with Jessica Taylor, alto, closed the set.

Sage Gateshead’s Jambone big band has taken giant strides in recent months. Under the tutelage of conductor Paul Edis numbers have increased, confidence has been restored and there is every reason to believe that tangible success – ie silverware – is on the horizon. Two Edis’ compositions – The Coast and When All is Said and Done – featured reeds, brass and the rhythm section boys. Flautists Imogen Davies-Pugh and Megan Robinson impressed, similarly pianist Philip Grobe, guitarist Matthew Downey and bassist Alex Shipsey. Powerhouse drummer Dylan Thompson is one to watch – his solo on When All is Said and Done deservedly won applause and the ensemble acquitted itself admirably on Monk’s Bright Mississippi.

Top trumpeter and MD Ian Chalk arrived with the York Music Forum Jazz Orchestra. A four tune set comprising Gershwin, an Ian Chalk original and a Snarky Puppy chart looked promising and the band didn’t disappoint. Chalk said he thought that Strike Up the Band was a good way to start. Quite. A nod to Miles Davis – Chalk’s Signs of Achievement (For Miles) – featured Nathan Burroughs, alto, and baritone saxophonist Will Gibbon. Very impressive! Snarky Puppy’s bassist Michael League wrote Shofukan and the York-based band took a look at it. On this evidence, the possibility of some silverware heading to York couldn’t be discounted.

Last, but by no means least, conductor Nigel Blenkiron and Scarborough Music Centre EASY Jazz took to the stage…all thirty-five of them! Verging on symphonic proportions, Festival Director Bill Watson said this was by far the largest gathering to assemble at the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. The stage crew – working out of Sunderland University – shoe-horned all thirty five of the Scarborough contingent onto the platform. Stevie Wonder to Dizzy Gillespie via the Pink Panther theme, this was a musical and visually stimulating set. Lewis Alder, trombone, impressed on the Mancini standard.

A long day, indeed a long weekend, was drawing to a close, but not before the awarding of several prizes and a vote of thanks to the many unsung workers behind the scenes. Bill Watson expressed his thanks once again to Sunderland University, to Chester le Street Rotary Club for their welcome financial assistance, Durham Freemasons and the presence of the Musicians Union.

Adjudicators Mick Donnelly and Adrian Tilbrook informed Bill Watson of their deliberations and the results were as follows:

Adjudicators’ Award: Christie Smith trumpet and Rebecca Reddiough trumpet, duet on Duet
(Musica Youth Jazz)

Adjudicators’ Award: Emily Simpson guitar (Durham County Youth Big Band)

Adjudicators’ Award: Lewis Alder trombone (Scarborough Music Centre EASY Jazz)

Best Programme: Musica Youth Jazz

Best Section: Rhythm section (York Music Forum Jazz Orchestra)

Best Soloist: Will Osborne trombone (pictured) (York Music Forum Jazz Orchestra)

Best Band: Durham County Youth Big Band (Pictured).
Russell

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Thanks Russell- what a marathon of listening, note-taking,editing and posting- sure a special award is due?-Niall

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