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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Sat 18: Anth Purdy @ The Links, Blyth. 12:30-1:00pm. Free. ‘Blyth Battery: Blyth Goes to War Weekend’.
Sat 18: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. Celebrating ‘10 years of the Jazz Jam!’. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston. A Late Shows event.
Sat 18: SH#RP Collective @ Holy Name Parish Church Hall, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. Bar available, BYO snacks. A Jesmond Community Festival event. All proceeds to Kabuyanda Charity (Ugandan health care).
Sat 18: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Abbie Finn, Harry Keeble & Andy Champion.
Sat 18: Red Kites Jazz @ Staithes Café, Autumn Drive, Gateshead. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Alligator Gumbo @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 18: Papa G’s Amigos special summer Latin set @ The Schooner, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 9:00pm. Free.
Sat 18: Late Night Special with Ruth Lambert & special guests @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 10:00pm-midnight. £5.00. (booking essential). Lambert & surprise jam session guests from down the years.

Sun 19: BTS Trombone Day @ Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College, Durham University DH1 3LT. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free to British Trombone Society members (£10.00. & £5.00. to non-members). Recitals, workshops and mass blows.
Sun 19: Anth Purdy @ The Links, Blyth. 12:30-1:00pm. Free. ‘Blyth Battery: Blyth Goes to War Weekend’.
Sun 19: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. £25.00. Tutor: Andrea Vicari. Enquiries: learning@jazz.coop.
Sun 19: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 19: Ransom Van @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 19: Andrea Vicari Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ the Crescent Club, Cullercoats. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 20: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:00-8:00pm. Free. Opus de Funk: Horace Silver.
Mon 20: Joe Steels-Ben Lawrence Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: The Doris Day Story @ Phoenix Theatre, Blyth. 7:30pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Friday, September 29, 2017

All Aboard the Durham Music Service Jazz Express!

(Review by Russell)
On 27 September 1825 the world’s first steam locomotive public passenger service opened on the Stockton and Darlington railway. Exactly one hundred and ninety two years later on 27 September 2017 the Durham Music Service Jazz Express celebrated the historic occasion with a jazz concert at Locomotion, National Railway Museum, Shildon.  
Civic dignitaries wearing chains of office took their front row seats to enjoy an evening of big band jazz. Two fantastic bands – Durham Alumni Big Band and Durham County Youth Big Band – were joined by Graeme Robinson’s Locomotive Rhythm project, each band playing one set to a Shildon big band jazz and steam train buff audience. 
Durham Alumni Big Band is comprised of the County Youth Big Band’s former members – the ‘alumni’. The Alumni is an award winning band and there isn’t a weak link in the line-up. Directed by Shaune Eland, the band commissioned composer and trumpeter Matt Roberts, himself a former member of the orchestra, to write a suite of music which would  be Durham Music Service’s contribution to Shildon’s anniversary year. A key element of the  band’s success is the sheer commitment shown by all of the musicians. Some travel many miles to  rehearsal sessions and concert performances, Roberts himself making the journey from London.

The band opened with Invitation featuring Roberts’ train whistle – simple but effective! Ted Heath’s arrangement of Honeysuckle Rose got the dignitaries’ feet tapping as did Bernie’s Tune featuring a five strong trumpet section – the regular hot shot four plus Matt Roberts – and a fiery alto solo from Daniel Johnson. Another number from the Ted Heath pad – Kenny Graham’s King’s Cross Climax – established a tenuous link with the Stockton and Darlington railway celebrations. More choo choo doings in the guise of an updated Chattanooga Choo Choo preceded Robert’s commissioned piece Homeward. The composer spoke of the east coast main line train journey that he often takes – this, in part, the inspiration for the composition, itself one section of The Train suite. Alex Baker on tenor and Jonny Dunn playing flugelhorn excelled, as they so often do. Shaune Eland thanked everyone for their time and commitment, and, by way of an encore, it was all aboard for Tuxedo Junction.

Earlier, Durham County Youth Big Band played a short set. The high standard of musicianship was  to be expected, and, as is the way, several members of the band are moving on. Indeed, some are already studying at university, and, once again, showed their commitment in returning home to play this gig. The band will lose up to six members from across the sections. Vacant chairs will be filled, the next generation is upon us. Earth, Wind and Fire’s Into the Storm whipped up the proverbial as Omar Shade blew gutsy baritone and Sammy Nestico’s Odyssey heard good section work from the trombones. Gut Bucket Blues recalled the late Abram Wilson’s workshop session with the band – trumpeter Matthew Robinson’s rasping solo impressed as did Beth Roberts’ alto saxophone solo.
Roberts featured again on On the Sunny Side of the Street and The Look of Love. The band’s final number was, no less, a world premiere! With Matt Roberts, flugelhorn at the ready, joining the band to play his composition Steamfunk, this was great stuff.

Locomotive Rhythm is Graeme Robinson’s unique project taking as its inspiration the history, toil,  sweat, and nuts and bolts of the region’s railways. A percussion set up incorporating iron and steel parts forged and foraged from the area’s rich industrial past bolted on to present day technologies made for an intriguing listen. Robinson created all manner of clanking rail yard sounds. Joining him on this gig were Kevin Eland, trumpet, Alex Baker, tenor, Gavin Bell, bass, and Chris Rutherford on guitar. The titles of the pieces sought to place the music in the community; familiar places – Myers Flat Battery, Grey Horse (not one, but two local pubs), Hometown and Diesel Multiple Unit. Yes, an ‘industrial’ jazz performance with atmospheric tenor saxophone from Alex Baker and ghostly Miles’ muted horn from an on form Kevin Eland. Locomotive Rhythm is an unusual project. It’s a fair bet that Graeme Robinson is an enthusiast when it comes to the region’s railway heritage.    
   
Durham Alumni Big Band: Shaune Eland MD, Matt Roberts, Ian Robinson, Tom Hill, Jonny Dunn, Matthew Robinson trumpets; David Hamilton, Andrew Kirtley, Terry O’Hern, Alastair Wood trombones; Danielle Drew, Alex Baker, Daniel Johnson, Kirsty Dunn, Omar Shade saxophones; Ben Connor piano, Mick Shoulder bass; Stephen Fletcher drums   

Shildon’s part in the development of the railways cannot be underestimated and Locomotion plays an important role as an invaluable free admission educational resource preserving historic engines and rolling stock for future generations. Visit: www.nrm.org.uk     
Russell

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