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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
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: King Bees @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

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: 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. 8:30pm.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

And the band played on… Jazz Café Jam Session – October 17

(Review by Russell)
The Jazz Café’s jam session is rapidly approaching legendary status. The Pink Lane venue across the road from Newcastle Central Station is the place to be at eight o’clock (earlier if you want to sit down as seats are at a premium) every first and third Tuesday in the month. The house band is an A-list affair and the many sitters-in invariably bring their A-game to the party.
This October 17 renewal attracted a dizzying list of participants. The house trio – James Harrison foregoing the Caff’s upright piano in favour of his own keyboard, Paul Grainger on double bass and drummer Russ Morgan – set off on the right track with Yardbird Suite. Harrison likes to keep things moving (ideal at a jam session) and Mambo Inn did just that featuring a Russ Morgan solo followed by Harrison’s accomplished intro to everyone’s favourite tune – Secret Love.

No time to waste, bring on Mr Nick Gould! The Edinburgh-based tenor saxophonist was making an all too infrequent visit to the Caff’s jam session. Full bodied, proper tenor playing , Out of Nowhere, You Don’t Know What Love Is with sensitive piano accompaniment, then, the tune with a million or so notes – One Note Samba – with Russ Morgan’s imperious hand-drumming. Let’s cancel the jam session, play it as a quartet gig. Sorry, it was just a thought! How could anyone entertain the idea? Stupid boy! Waiting in the wings, Mr Michael Lamb, trumpet, and Mr Alex Saxon, alto sax and flute. Fresh from Sunday’s triumphant Strictly Smokin’ Big Band concert with special guest Joe Stilgoe at Hoochie Coochie, Lamb opened with Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise. Joel Brown turned up, sat in, played Moondance…doesn’t the lad have any homework to do? Saxon’s flute was made for Van’s perennial. Strictly Smokin’ tenor saxophonist Jamie Toms turned up and sat in on Beautiful Love, a treat to hear him play such assured tenor. Lamb emerged from the bop school wood shed to play a tremendous solo, Russ Morgan grabbed another himself and the man at the back Mr Paul Grainger kept J Brown on the right track.

Excuse me! How much is admission? Admission? It’s free. You’re joking, this is amazing stuff! Get the beers in!

The magic roundabout stopped. JP, John Pope, jumped off, so too guitarist Matthew Downey. The pair sat in on Well, You Needn’t. They stayed on for a couple more including Dr Billy Taylor’s How I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free, Pope soloing and Downey adding a succinct solo of his own. All change! Where do they all come from? A new line up, including a Sage contingent, played Sunny with guitarist Jamie Mackay in a groove, Inês Gonçalves sang The Girl from Ipanema and a stupendous tenor solo from Tom Dixon on Bill Evans’ Interplay threatened to steal the show.

Who played what when became all the more difficult to document as the conveyor belt delivered a few more top notch names. Dan Garel – Hooray! Paul Gowland – Hooray! DG on alto, PG on alto, and Nick Gould, tenor, returned. Modal to bop they had a blast. Solos flashed across the room like tracer bullets, none flinched. The house lights went up. More! More! James Harrison set off again, Paul Grainger cookin’, Russ Morgan killing. Way past eleven, the (naughty) boys called it a day.
The Jazz Café’s jam session (every time, take your pick) is a serious contender for gig of the year.
Russell.

James Harrison (piano), Paul Grainger (double bass) & Russ Morgan (drums) + Nick Gould (tenor saxophone), Michael Lamb (trumpet), Alex Saxon (alto saxophone & flute), Joel Brown (piano), Jamie Toms (tenor saxophone), John Pope (double bass), Matthew Downey (guitar), Murray Wankling (piano), Jamie Mackay (guitar), ? (vocals), Inês Gonçalves (vocals), Tom Dixon (tenor saxophone), Dan Garel (alto saxophone) & Paul Gowland (alto saxophone)

3 comments :

Patti said...

And after the last jam sesh review, we thought it couldn't get any better - how silly we were! My, oh what a night!

Nick Gould said...

An excellent night last night, well worth the trip down although I could have done without the extra 40 mile diversion on the way back. Good to see the place busy familiar and new faces.

Patti said...

It was great to hear Nick's booting tenor, alongside the alto saxes ....... and the Jazz Cafe jazzy guys and gals will want him to brave the A1 traffic conditions again sometime soon.

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