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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.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Mark Williams Trio – CD Launch ‘Last Bus to Bensham’ @ Jazz Café Fri Sept 29

Mark Williams (Guitar) / Paul Susans (Bass) / Russ Morgan (Drums)
(Review/photos by Ken Drew)
'Last Bus to Bensham' is the much anticipated second album from the Mark Williams Trio, and its launch was presented as part of Jazz North East’s monthly 'Schmazz' series, and as part of the inaugural Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.  Featuring three of Tyneside’s most respected musicians the trio performed tracks from their new album together with older tunes from the debut 'Balaclava Street’ CD, plus some newer material, which bodes well for the future.
The first tune, only quiet at the start, made use of guitar effects producing a swirling sound, accompanied by very energetic drums, resulting in a dynamic and frantic piece. Then a segue into the second tune with guitar intro /solo leading into bass solo (much applause – the audience were not just awake but already in an eager and welcoming state!) then back to guitar with much less effects, just a nice rounded guitar tone and extensive use of the fretboard.  Then a switch back to the swirling guitar sound making space for Morgan on percussion.  Another segue took us into the third tune with Williams setting out a thematic tune with an interesting riff.  This had a bluesy feel and included a brief bass solo.  Nice laid-back sound, perfectly played followed by resounding applause.
At this early stage of the proceedings, it was clear that we were in the presence of a fine guitar-led trio with interesting melodies and riffs, a range of styles and good contributions all round. Williams introduced the band and remarked that these first three tunes they’d just played appear in the same sequence on the CD,  so could have just played the CD (presumably giving more time at the bar!).  Such sacrilege!  No!!! 
Next up, the title track from previous CD ‘Balaclava Street’.   Fast moving, with extended solos from each musician – each a delight to hear.   Then Long Way Out - a new piece with a slow, rock-like theme introduced by an initial theme on guitar with various effects. Quite a striding and dramatic tune which will hopefully find its way onto the next album.

The band started the second set straight in, unannounced, with a lively piece against an initially noisy Jazz Café audience – well, it is Friday night in the Toon!  But as is often the case – the general hubbub settled down into attention to, and appreciation of, the band.  Quick-paced rhythm and lots of activity up and down the fretboards by Williams and Susans and a chance for Williams to let rip and Susans to make good use of his effects pedals.  Then a shorter, very gentle tune from the CD, nicely laid back, followed by another contrasting piece.  This was more ‘rock-like’, reminiscent of a Weather Report rhythm and included an extended guitar solo. Once the band were settled with the basic riffs Williams really let rip on this one.  The raw electric guitar sound worked well, followed by Morgan’s workout on drums.

Then to the last tune – Adare Say - played tonight in dedication to Williams’ late bassist friend from Belfast, Jackie.  Initially slow, but not meandering, began with guitar setting out the main theme, and then provided an opportunity for an extended bass solo, eventually handing back to guitar to further develop the main tune.  Then quickly picking up pace and volume, the tune and the emotion really yelled out, bringing out nice guitar work and an equal balance of contributions from the band.  Then slowing down to leave space for a quiet solo guitar ending.  Soulful yet uplifting through its dynamics, and quite a heart-warming tune overall.

Of course, the audience then demanded an encore.  Williams set up a riff, Morgan provided the punchy and slightly edgy rhythm and Susans the driving bass – and they were off!!  A happy guitar-led piece with guitar and bass solos. This also gave Williams a final opportunity to show off his fretboard skills, and at the end, to also demonstrate his proficiency of using his pedals to great effect. With a loop set up around the tune’s riff the band were able to leave the stage, leaving the effects pedals to nicely but slowly fade away to the point where rapturous applause was inevitable and unstoppable.  

It was refreshing to see Williams step up to the front line as The Main Man and deliver a nicely varied set of self-penned tunes.  Overall, the Mark Williams Trio gave a superb performance, delivering a 3D version of their latest CD to the Jazz Café audience.  Whether you have seen or heard them before, you’ll know why you’ll want to see them again, or with the CD, listen again and again. 
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