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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Matthew MacKellar’s Farewell Jazz Party @ the Jazz Café - July 13 (Upstairs)

(Review by Russell)
At the conclusion of the opening downstairs’ set (see BSH Editor-in-Chief’s review), fed with crisps and sausage rolls and watered (the bottled variety), your correspondent dashed upstairs to catch a set by the Early Bird Band (BSH Editor-in-Chief’s entourage arrived in the their own time). Dr Edis brought along a liquorice stick and took his place alongside the Earlier Birders as they opened with Four. The regular line-up (more or less) made the gig…James Metcalf (trumpet); Ben Lawrence (trumpet); Matthew Downey (guitar); Phillip Grobe (keyboards), Alex Shipsey (bass) & Dylan Thompson (drums). Matthew Downey featured playing his Gibson on Nature Boy and Blues Walk capped a short, sharp set with the young man of the moment – Matthew MacKellar – replacing the impressive Dylan Thompson for one last blast with the Early Bird Band.

Multi-band events such as Matthew’s jazz party tend to have a pecking order. Whether by accident or design the Francis Tulip Quartet topped the (upstairs) bill. The phrase ‘eagerly anticipated’ was never more appropriate. Three quarters of the band cut their musical teeth playing in Jazz Attack or Jambone or the aforementioned Early Bird Band – Francis Tulip (guitar); Michael Dunlop (bass guitar) & Matthew MacKellar (drums) – and they were joined by Joel Brown (keyboards). Tulip is studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, Dunlop at Guildhall, London, and MacKellar is soon to take Berklee College of Music by storm. Brown is a lower sixth form student. At a guess, the age of the lads - 19, 19, 18 and 16 - could lead some to conclude that they’re ‘promising talents’. Well, if Arts Council types were present (they weren’t) and didn’t know how young they were, the talent spotters would have been throwing money at them right, left and centre, touting them as the ‘next big thing’. This was something special. Guitarist Tulip tore the place apart from the start. Loud(ish), distorted to a degree, technique to burn, if your twenteen this is how you should want to play guitar! Whitley Bay High School pianist Joel Brown is a match for anyone of his age. Coming out of Monk with the certainty that he’ll discover other piano masters, he and Tulip know their stuff. 500 Miles High set a very high standard and the quartet maintained it during an all-too-brief set. I’ll Remember April then a rarely heard TS Monk composition – Green Chimneys – rounded off a terrific set. Bassist Michael Dunlop was most impressive, coming a long way since his studies at Sage Gateshead, ‘secure’ is the word. And the man at the back – Matthew MacKellar – produced an amazing performance. The time, power and invention of the soon to depart MacKellar was something to behold.
 
The Jazz Café was busy, busy, busy. Some didn’t know whether they were coming or going. Barrie Ascroft is a man of few words and as he waited to be called upstairs for Dave Weisser’s set he sat at the piano, playing for himself and anyone who cared to stop and listen. B Ascroft at the upright – now there’s a rarity!

Matthew MacKellar came to the attention of Bebop Spoken Here when sitting-in at Dave Weisser’s Take it to the Bridge workshop. It was, therefore, fitting that the Dave Weisser Combo should close proceedings upstairs. Dave Weisser (cornet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet), Jude Murphy (alto saxophone, flute & vocals), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Johannes Dalhuitjsen (tenor saxophone), Roy Stephenson (guitar), Barrie Ascroft (keyboards), Matt Long (bass guitar) & Matthew Fairhurst (drums) + Matthew MacKellar (drums)

A typical Dave Weisser session begins at whenever o’clock and goes on until the musicians in the band shout: Dave! Dave! It’s a quarter past stupid o’clock. Such is Weisser’s enthusiasm that he’ll frequently lose track of time, looking to play the next number in the pad. This farewell party had all the hallmarks of it being another lost in time affair. DW positively encourages all and sundry to take a solo and before you know it, it’s stupid o’clock. From All Blues (Weisser’s incomparable vocals), a Victor Feldman chart, to Tempus Fugit Weisser’s merry band soloed from A to B and back again. Matt Fairhurst graciously stepped aside to allow Matt MacKellar to sign-off with the Dave Wiesser Combo. It was late, but still time to run downstairs to catch the already-in- the-swing jam session.
 
Now then, who’ve we got here? Matthew Downey (guitar), James Metcalf (trumpet), John Pope (double bass), trumpeter-turned pianist Ben Lawrence, Francis Tulip (trumpet)…what? Francis playing trumpet! Dave Weisser joined the knockings, briefly swapping instruments with Metcalf. It was late, it had been a memorable occasion. Finally, Matthew MacKellar, one more time, chose to play All the Things You Are. Someone piped-up: Hip, Hip, Hooray!                     
Russell.

3 comments :

Patti D (on F/b) said...

A fantastic evening - and a great send off to young Matthew! As an aside, I'd just like to add that the only thing missing from the party was a tango dancing demo from Johannes, the tenor sax player from the Dave W Combo. Those who were at the Sotavento Big Band gig at the Globe a few days ago will know what I'm talking about!

Patti D (on F/b) said...

The sausage rolls were yummy too!

ryan said...

yes

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