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Postage

16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

GIJF: All About The Concourse

(Review by Ann Alex).
Saturday
I should have known nothing of the concourse on Saturday afternoon as I was supposed to be at the Jazz Co-op workshop, but flash floods at South Shields had me temporarily housebound so I eventually rolled into Sage Gateshead at about 3.30pm to catch the end of Triptych, lovely lyrical piano from Paul Edis.  Spine-tingling African voices then arose as Alfredo Rodriguez tuned up, piano, drums, bass and electronic effects, and Besame Mucho rang out, then a tune with a Caribbean sound came from the piano which managed to sound like a steel pan. Clever stuff indeed, very atmospheric. And as usually happens on the concourse, three children were running around and dancing sporadically, and one little girl had a Peppa Pig to help her along.

The bands were playing in the position where the cafe counter normally is, which gives an improvement in the acoustics. Perhaps a bit too much of an improvement as some of the bands were very loud this year, which a few people commented on. Miles Mosley sounded too loud from a distance, but better closer to the stage. Then came the Sage young musicians band Jazz Attack, conducted by Paul Edis, playing clarinet and guiding the young musicians like a mother hen. We had trumpet, 3 saxes, piano, guitars and drums, playing excellently, tunes such as Sack Of Woe (Adderley), the band’s composition Meal Deal, How High The Moon, St James Infirmary Blues, and finishing with the band’s Receding Hairline. Apparently they’d been playing by ear, with lots of collaborating, and it must be working as they were good. The future of jazz is safe in their hands. Some of them looked about only 12 years old – look out 18 year olds, the youngsters are coming!
The Stephen Wetherell Quartet were on next but it was time to eat. More tomorrow.

Sunday
I was listening from my shift on the Jazz Co-op stand, and also meeting many people, including Laura, Sheila and Monty the dog, Chris Finch and his young fledgling, also fellow BSH writer Stephen T. I’m so glad to make his acquaintance at last, so that I can look around at gigs to make sure we’re not both covering the same band for review. I Got to sign up a few people who’d like to receive information about the Co-op and the Globe. All good news.


Paul Edis was playing and chatting pleasantly, English Country Garden and Greensleeves  on piano, not clarinet this time. The John Pope Quintet (trumpet, 2 saxes, bass, drums) did a great set of Ornette Coleman tunes, which must have sounded outlandish when first heard, but sound almost normal now, if jazz can ever sound normal. The In/Out Trio (sax, drums, bass) played a continuous mixture of tunes, very pleasing, such as Bye Bye Blackbird, There’ll Never Be Another You, All Right With Me. The jazz graduate band Taupe (bass guitar, sax, drums) were rather loud for my taste, but I guess it’s a chance to experiment with dynamics. Then it was time to eat.
That was my concourse for another year.

Ann Alex

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