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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...

May

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 1:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

June

Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Preview: Darlington Jazz Festival 2017

(Preview by Russell)
This year’s Darlington Jazz Festival is almost here. From Thursday evening (April 27th) Darlington town centre comes alive with four days of top quality jazz at several welcoming venues. Trumpeter Matt Roberts gets things under way with his now traditional Jazz Improvisation Workshop. This popular event runs from 6:00pm ’til 9:00pm on Thursday at Crown Street Library. Register at 5:30, for a six o’clock start. Matt is an experienced, inspirational educator, and it is all but essential that you register in advance. Email: darlingtonjazzfestival@live.com.
Friday evening comes with a guarantee…a hard bop session the like of which was last heard sixty years ago in NYC. Jazz After Dark in the room above the Voodoo Café features the Matt Roberts Sextet playing the music of some of Roberts’ trumpet heroes. Expect to hear Miles, Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard. Last year’s gig lives on in the memory. As Matt is a local lad made good (living and working in London) this is the gig that other musicians turn out to hear. Twelve months ago the room was heaving, some stood on the stairs, this was 52nd Street! An electric atmosphere, Matt’s A-list sextet blew the roof off the place. If you’re within one hundred miles of Darlington, all roads lead to 84 Skinnergate. Doors at 8:30pm, fireworks from 9:00pm!
Saturday 29th calls for real stamina. Beginning at 12:30pm, adjacent to the Joseph Pease statue at the junction of High Row and Bondgate, there will be an afternoon of free outdoor performances. An opportunity to spot the stars of tomorrow, the Darlington Little Big Band and the South Regional Wind Band are scheduled to perform during the afternoon. Meanwhile, in Mechanics’ Yard, at the Camra award winning Quakerhouse pub, Jazz Comes to the Quakerhouse, kicking off at 1:00pm. It’s free admission all afternoon although donations would be appreciated, and, with an array of first rate musicians on show, a fiver in a collection bucket will seem like a bargain! Two pianists to listen to – Rick Laughlin working with ex-Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra bassist Keith Peberdy and drummer Stu Ellerton, and another local lad, Dean Stockdale entertaining the audience with material from his new album Origin, and, perhaps, some Oscar Peterson. And, whatever you do, don’t miss the Abbie Finn Quartet. Abbie, from this neck of the woods, currently studying at Leeds College of Music, is an outstanding drummer. Expect the Quakerhouse to be standing room only.

The big set piece occasion at this year’s Darlington Jazz Festival is a concert appearance by Dave O’Higgins with the award winning (!) Durham Alumni Big Band at the Majestic Theatre. At seven o’clock on Saturday evening the Art Deco venue is likely to put up the ‘SOLD OUT’ notices. This is a new festival venue, tickets are £12.00. And charts associated with Stan Kenton, Count Basie and Billy May will make for a splendid occasion. Shaune Eland conducts the Alumni, and, as a bonus, there will be a support set beginning at 7:15pm, from yet another award winning band, the Durham County Youth Big Band. To obtain your tickets telephone the Majestic Theatre box office – 01325 482848. And your stamina-sapping day doesn’t end there. It’s all back to the Quakerhouse pub for a late night jam session. Last year the place was so busy some stood in Mechanics’ Yard – punters and musicians.

Sunday 30th - International Jazz Day! - starts early. From 10:30am Emma Fisk and James Birkett will entertain early birds with Joe Venuti-Eddie Lang numbers and more. Free admission/donations at Hash Music Box on Coniscliffe Road. Free! A world class duo, free! At two o’clock the Darlington Quakers and Friends Meeting House hosts Vocal Collective and Locomotive Rhythm. A double bill, the Vocal Collective choir will entertain with traditional and up-to-the-minute tunes. Locomotive Rhythm presents a new work celebrating the area’s railway heritage. Tickets £5.00.

To close this year’s Darlington Jazz Festival Rick Laughlin, Keith Peberdy and Stu Ellerton will play the music of Chick Corea at Hash Music Box. Starting at six o’clock (tickets £6.00.), the gig will also feature the Alumni All Stars. Further details from: www.darlingtonjazzfestival.co.uk. The Darlington Jazz Festival is a highlight of the year. Go on, treat yourself.  
Russell.                                       

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