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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.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Young Musical Prodigy Announces UK Tour.

Young musical prodigy Alex Hitchcock and his quintet embark on a UK tour from 10th April to 18th May in support of their forthcoming EP (please see press release below).
Alex Hitchcock is a saxophonist making huge waves in the jazz scene and is recognised to be one of the best up and coming players in the UK today.  
Press Release.
Spring 2018 marks the release of Live At The London And Cambridge Jazz Festivals, the outstanding new body of work from emerging luminaries of instrumental jazz the Alex Hitchcock Quintet. Led by an exciting young tenor saxophonist swiftly gaining a reputation as a skilful and unique player, Hitchcock and his band are five of London’s most sought-after players, now establishing themselves as leading figures in their own right through gripping collaborative music.
As experienced players in the bands of jazz stars as diverse as Jasper Hoiby, Chris Potter and Elliot Galvin, Hitchcock and his quintet have been secret weapon sidemen to those in the know for some time - the privilege of being the ‘go to’ musicians for more familiar talent allowing each member of the quintet to hone their skills on the live circuit, simultaneously developing an acute intuition for contemporary improvisation and original, absorbing composition.

Joined by James Copus on trumpet and flugelhorn, Will Barry (winner of The Musician’s Company’s 2017 jazz musician of the year award) on piano, Joe Downard on bass and Jay Davis on drums, Hitchcock and his quintet have drawn inspiration from artists as distinctive as Kneebody, to Ambrose Akinmusire to Django Bates. Fusing such a mixture of influences together and incorporating an inimitable interpretation of each, the Alex Hitchcock Quintet have created a forward-thinking and highly accomplished selection of music. The result of their collective endeavours is Live At The London And Cambridge Jazz Festivals, a fresh and vibrant take on modern jazz, delivered with confidence and flair.

Having made a strong impact at both Love Supreme Festival and The London Jazz Festival, as well as successful performances The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Rooms, Jazz In The Round and Pizza Express Jazz Club, not to mention an adventurous foray into Europe with media supported tours of Hungary and Poland, Alex Hitchcock’s Quintet are taking their live show to a selection of some of their favourite venues around the UK. These concerts will be a chance to witness the full impact of the new EP in a range of intimate environments, at a time when the quintet are still very much on the rise.

2018 is set to be a big year for the Alex Hitchcock Quintet, a band just as comfortable on an intimate club stage as at some of jazz’s biggest events. With a full album in the pipeline and likely appearances at a range of summer festivals, the new EP and tour is an opportunity for enthusiasts, experts and discerning music fans to get ahead of the game and get to know one of the best new bands on the circuit today.

2018 LIVE DATES:

10th April     Jazz @ The Spotted Dog  BIRMINGHAM 
11th April     Stratford Jazz STRATFORD UPON AVON
 12th April     Jazz @ Future Inns BRISTOL
 22nd April     Ashburton Live ASHBURTON
 23rd April     The Beaver Inn APPLEDORE
 24th April     St Ives Jazz Club ST IVES
 4th  May       The Basement Jazz Club YORK
 6th  May       Colchester Arts Centre COLCHESTER
 11th May      The Verdict  BRIGHTON
 12th May      The Hive  SHREWSBURY
 14th May      Pizza Express Jazz Club  LONDON
 16th May      The Jazz Bar EDINBURGH
 17th May     The Jazz Café   NEWCASTLE
 18th May      Sheffield Jazz SHEFFIELD

QUOTES:

·      'If I suggest that it reminded me of Miles Davis’s classic quintet with Wayne Shorter, that will give you some idea of the impact it had on me. It’s tightly disciplined, in the best sense of the word, with the front-line of Hitchcock and Copus playing as one, but with a sense of space that allows soloists to explore the themes in any direction they choose’ thejazzman.com

·      ‘A fantastic young talent... undoubtedly one of the stars of the future’
 – Helen Mayhew, Jazz FM

·      ‘Incredible young lion of the tenor sax’ – Gareth Lockrane

·      ‘Sax virtuoso... one to watch’ – Jazzwise

·      '...effectively mixed a traditional tenor-ballad warmth with a brisk contemporary attack' – John Fordham, The Guardian

·      'Hitchcock blows contemporary post-Coltrane tenor soaring up into the outer limits’ – Bebop Spoken Here.

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