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16611 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 1504 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On ...

July

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Bailiwick + Sleep Suppressor + Christie/Chan @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm). ‘Experimental evening of jazz, punk and jazz-punk’.
Fri 26: Nomade Swing Trio @ Repas7 by Night, Berwick. 7:30pm. Free.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Sat 27: BBC Proms: BBC Introducing stage @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 12 noon. Free. Line-up inc. Nu Groove (2:00pm); Abbie Finn Trio (2:50pm); Dilutey Juice (3:50pm); SwanNek (5:00pm); Rivkala (6:00pm).
Sat 27: Nomade Swing Trio @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 27: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sat 27: Theon Cross + Knats @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 10:00pm. £22.00. BBC Proms: BBC Introducing Stage (Sage Two). A late night gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 28: Miss Jean & the Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Fonteyn Ballroom, Dunelm House (Durham Students’ Union), Durham. 2:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Nomade Swing Trio @ Red Lion, Alnmouth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Jazz Jam Sandwich! @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 28: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 28: Milne Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 30: ???

Wed 31: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 31: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 31: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party - Saturday October 28

(Review by Russell)
A jam session into the early hours didn’t deter Classic Jazz Party attendees from making an early start. The CD stall was up and running by ten o’clock and the bar opened up for business an hour later….an orderly queue formed. The Village Hotel is all things jazz for three days in autumn. Let’s go!
Young Benny Goodman turned up in spirit if not in person to get things underway at noon. The set,  led by Michael McQuaid, clarinet, focused upon the teenage Goodman with Ben Pollack before he became known as the ‘King of Swing’. Martin Litton’s half-hour set of Harlem Stride put Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith in the spotlight. Helping Litton to sketch out the small band recordings of the mid ’30’s were genial American trumpeter Duke Heitger, Matthias Seuffert, reeds, Henri Lemaire, bass, and the bolt-upright Richard Pite, drums.
Chanteuse Nicolle at one o’clock was one of those occasions when everyone found themselves a spot – sitting, standing, any and every possible vantage point. New Jersey-born Nicolle Rochelle is making waves in the jazz world. An acting career (Cosby Show, NYPD Blue, off-Broadway shows) with a long-running success playing Josephine Baker on the Parisian stage, Nicolle Rochelle is an absolute star! Accompanied by Jean François Bonnel (the Bonnel-Cécile parallel all too obvious at the Village Hotel), Claus Jacobi, Jacob Ullberger, David Boeddinghaus (MD, Looking for Josephine with Rochelle), Henri Lemaire and Josh Duffee. Them There Eyes sang Rochelle, the band on top form from the off. Billie Holiday permeated the hour-long set (the Bonnel-Cécile parallel), Rochelle singing and acting the part. I May be Wrong (I may be wrong but I think you’re wonderful – so sang  Doris Day, so sang Nicolle Rochelle!), Swing Brother Swing, small group jazz with an ace vocalist, what a gig! Long Gone Blues, Then I’ll be Happy, Blue Drag, Ellington’s Swingtime in Honolulu, the sort of gig you wish could go on, and on, and on.

One hour later, how to follow that? Banjo Eccentricities, that’s how! Germany’s tenor banjo player Peter Beyerer sat for half an hour, accompanied by Keith Nichols, playing banjo with such facility that later in the day it was reported that broken, discarded instruments were spotted floating down the Tyne and out to sea. ‘Virtuoso’ is the word when speaking of Mr Beyerer! Our banjo virtuoso, with deadpan humour, introduced tunes along the lines of Neal Hefti wrote this one for banjo with the Basie band and Duke Ellington composed The Mooche with the banjo in mind. Deadpan and self-deprecating humour rarely fail.

Trombonium – it could be a running gag with Stan Laurel visiting Oliver Hardy in an asylum – put three trombonists on stage together to play who knows what? In introducing the set, Keith Nichols realised that bass player Richard Pite was nowhere to be seen. Malcolm Sked agreed to step in at a moment’s notice only for Pite to come running into the hall. Nichols to Sked: You’re fired! A three trombone front line – Kris Kompen, Graham Hughes and Jim Fryer – opened up with Royal Garden Blues (arr. Nichols). A swinging George Chisholm composition found Graham Hughes switching to valve trombone with Kompen and Fryer expressing mock horror. Mid tune, Hughes, removing his mouthpiece, handed his instrument to Kompen, Hughes picking up Kompen’s slide trombone, then American Fryer took his turn. Good fun, seamless, the playing first rate. Sleepy Time Gal featured  Kompen (arranged by Hughes), then, all too soon, time was all but up. Claus Jacobi’s arrangement of In a Mellotone closed a most enjoyable half hour.

The Early Kirby Band – another set that did what it said on the tin with Nicolle Rochelle singing Maxine Sullivan (Blue Skies and Loch Lomond) and Malo Mazurié playing Charlie Shavers. The set included Onyx Hop, Dvorak’s Humoresque and The Old Stamping Ground. The finale didn’t take any prisoners – Rehearsing for a Nervous Breakdown couldn’t have been hotter if a bucketful of chilli powder had been thrown over the ensemble. Taken at a ridiculous tempo, the band worked like Trojans. At its conclusion bassist Malcolm Sked puffed-out his cheeks. Hot indeed!

Keith Nichol’s scholarly endeavours were in evidence as the afternoon session drew to a close. Fred Elizalde – Memories of the Savoy surveyed Elizalde’s 1920s Savoy Hotel days. Assisting Nichols in his presentation, Spats Langham crooned, and an eleven-piece orchestra in penguin suits played its part before dinner – at the Village Hotel, not the Savoy.

David Boeddinghaus’ ‘The Professor’ piano set evolved into a small group session featuring yet more from Nicolle Rochelle. Where’d You Get Those Eyes and The Man I Love just two tunes in
an all too short set. Seuffert’s 52nd Street at eight o’clock looked on paper to be stretching it just
a tad with the heady days of bebop sure to feature. Matthias Seuffert led the session which won over a few slightly sceptical listeners. The quality of musicianship wasn’t in question, the content, simply splendid. Alongside Seuffert sat Malo Mazurié, trumpet, and Jean-François Bonnel, reeds. The rhythm section – Martin Litton at the Kawai grand, Spats Langham, guitar, Graham Hughes, double bass (during the weekend Hughes doubled, to great effect, on trombone), and that well-known bebopper Richard Pite, drums – had a whale of a time. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music to start and in no time the bop aspect reared its (ugly?) head. Robbins’ Nest  (composer Sir Charles Thompson/Illinois Jacquet) featured tremendous trumpet playing from Malo Mazurié – a fabulous talent! Hey, Lock! (comp. Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis) recalled, for those who were there, 52nd Street’s  Kelly’s Stables. The set also dropped by at the Three Deuces and, of course, George Shearing’s Lullaby of Birdland.

Trumpeter Andy Schumm runs a band in Chicago called the Fat Babies. For this penultimate set of the day, Schumm assembled an all-star band including three American heavyweights in Jim Fryer, David Boeddinghaus and Josh Duffee. Schumm introduced new material (shock horror!) alongside classic material from the 1920s. So new, like 2016, 2017 vintage. No need to worry, Schumm has written material that you would think was penned ninety-something years ago. That Gal of Mine is a Schumm composition, Pleasure Mad is a Fats Waller composition. They stood side by side, one as good as the other. Michael McQuaid was in on the set, as were Henri Lemaire (playing banjo), Richard Exall, reeds, and local hero Phil Rutherford playing ‘brass bass’. Schumm, trumpet, cornet, and on one number – My Gal Sal – clarinet. Schumm’s set list included I Found a New Baby. Our bandleader said the ensemble would play it …in a Chicago tempo, adding, …at least we’ll attempt it! And so they did. Fearless blowing, the hall erupted in cacophonous applause.

The final set of the day – before another late night jam session! – required a fourteen piece band to play the music of The Gene Krupa Orchestra. Richard Pite created a celebratory centenary concert at the Cadogan Hall, London in 2009. This evening would reprise the hugely successful event. The power of Krupa, the big guns in the sections, this was a fitting end to a glorious day of classic jazz.                        
Russell                        

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