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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.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Jazz Café All Stars - September 19

(Review/photos by Russell)
An acquaintance suggested it would be difficult, if not impossible, to convey just how good this one was. Newcastle’s Jazz Café has long since established itself as host to the premier jam session on Tyneside. A good session is all but guaranteed, attracting some of the finest musicians on the local scene and from further afield. The place was busy well before the eight o’clock start with more than a few big hitters among the early arrivals – this one had all the makings of a particularly good night.
Paul Edis led the session working with Paul Grainger and Russ Morgan. My Romance opened the set, followed by Michel Legrand’s Watch What Happens. What happened next prompted your front row reviewer to scribble GO HOME!!! Nothing could follow Edis’ show-stopping version of  Bye Bye Blackbird featuring blinding piano playing with bassist Grainger and drummer Morgan right up there in the stratosphere. It was early, the place was full, the cheering had to be heard to be believed.
The sitters-in were many. In approximate order of appearance (all of them rose to the occasion, not a duff note all night), the two Matthews did just grand – drummer Matthew Fairhurst doesn’t say too much, in fact, he doesn’t say anything, letting his musicianship do the talking and Matthew Downey has really found his feet at the Jazz Café’s jam sessions. On this session guitarist Downey opened up, encouraged by Edis to extend his solo contribution on Tenor Madness. It’s a safe bet that at the next jam session (Tuesday 3 October) ‘Early Bird’ Downey will produce yet more good stuff.    

Graham Hardy was in the house – oh, yes! Hardy got happy on Get Happy. He didn’t hang around, business elsewhere, apparently, so, after a couple of numbers he was gone. Through the revolving door went Hardy in came Giles Strong to play Beautiful Love and There Will Never Be Another You and just like trumpet ace Hardy, guitar maestro Strong didn’t hang around. Jam session? You’d be happy to pay good money to hear this calibre of musician!

Sage Gateshead music students past and present joined the party with Jamie Mackay taking loan of Downey’s Gibson. John Garner, up from London, pricked ears on All Blues. Violinist Garner has an impressive pedigree; Royal College of Music graduate, protégé of David Oistrakh, performance credits include classical concert performances at prestigious venues across Europe, and jazz gigs with the likes of Chris Potter and Kate Williams. And here he was playing in the Jazz Café! Jimmy Jefford, studying at Newcastle University, made an impressive jam session debut on tenor.    

Graduate John Bradford took a spell behind the kit. Another find! Birthday girl Katy Trigger played a couple of numbers, giving Paul Grainger the chance to powder his nose, then there was John Pope for one, perhaps two, tunes. Two alto players stood either side of David Gray playing his usual all-action trombone. The altoists – Jordan Alfonso and Paul Gowland – traded heavyweight solos, first on On Green Dolphin Street then again on Stella by Starlight with Dr Edis knocking out yet another  stupendous solo with all sorts going on – contrapuntal Bach and other muso doings.    

Late on, having arrived from a private function gig, Strictly Smokin’ Michael Lamb had a blow, tenor man Jamie Toms likewise, and gone eleven James Harrison was just warming up with mates Anth Ord and Tom Chapman. They could have played all night but…’til the next time – October 3rd.                              
Russell             

Paul Edis (piano), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums) + Graham Hardy (trumpet), Matthew Fairhurst (drums), Matthew Downey (guitar), Giles Strong (guitar), John Bradford (drums), Jamie Mackay (guitar), Jordan Alfonso (alto saxophone), David Gray (trombone), Paul Gowland (alto saxophone), John Garner (violin), Katy Trigger (double bass), Alan Law (piano), John Pope (double bass), James Harrison (piano), Anth Ord (double bass), Tom Chapman (drums), Michael Lamb (trumpet), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Jefford (tenor saxophone)

1 comment :

Jude Murphy (on F/b) said...

John played incredibly brilliant violin at Take it to the Bridge last night too. What a great surprise!

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