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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.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

CD Review: Flying Horse Big Band - The Bat Swings

(Review by Lance)
The Flying Horse Big Band comprises students on the University of Central Florida's Jazz Studies program and this is their fifth album under the direction of Bruce Wayne, sorry, I mean Adam West. No I don't, I mean Jeff Rupert.
Rupert has enlisted the services of arrangers Michael Philip Mossman, Mark Taylor, Harry Allen, Per Danielson to do the charts as well as chipping in with a couple himself.
The album is riddled with sound solos and that's no joke!
Batmobile to Airport, written by Nelson Riddle, and arranged by Mossman features Dautch on baritone and Hannon on tenor whilst Waszner and Herrera sock it to one of Batman's arch enemies in Batman Riddles the Riddler, another composition by Nelson Riddle (no relation!) and arranged by Mark Taylor.
Blues For Batman (composed Riddle, arranged Allen) has the caped crusader relaxing with Dautch, Young wailing on alto and some lyrical trumpet from Lakshman with Herrera playing like Big T. Any Gotham City jazz club would pay megabucks for these guys.
The action moves to another legendary crimefighter with The Spider-man Theme. Waszmer and guest Drexler up there in the mix. 
Kitka, arranged by Harry Allen, tells the story in music of Batman's infatuation and, ultimate disdain for his femme fatale. Sensuous tenor by Garcia oozes with love, Herrera's trombone sustains the mood but when D''Angelo kicks in you know the affair is over. 
Holy-Hole-in-the-Doughnut has more sensuous tenor from Garcia, this time over a bossa nova rhythm.
OMG! I've got to start watching the TV series again - are they being rerun anywhere on some obscure channel? - I'm even tapping out the rhythm of the original theme as I type!
No wonder, it's very much incorporated in Murciélago En La Cueva. Arranger Mossman adds an Afro-Cuban flair while evoking fight scenes and dramatic moments, culminating in the aforementioned theme by Neal Hefti.
Linking all the main tracks are Bat-Spins. Miniatures that segue one track into the next keeping the pace flowing like as if you were watching in your bat cave without any adverts to take away the momentum.
Amazing Grace may seem an unusual choice to finish this masterpiece with but Ira Sullivan, legendary saxophone and trumpet star, now 86, recently played a gig with the band and, as Sullivan always finishes his show with Amazing Grace, as an appreciation they included it here. Rupert himself arranged it and guitarist Waszner the featured artist. It brought the album to a sedate close after what had been a helter-skelter ride around Gotham in the Batmobile.
Holy Hot Rod! Where can I trade in my Chevvy for a Batmobile (one careful owner preferred).
Lance
Sample/buy.
Jeff Rupert (MD); Courtland Beyer, Taylor Grubbs, Aidan Lakshman, Marco Rivera (trumpets); Christian Herrera, Matt Kerr, Brian Morris, Juwan Murphy (trombones); Kristian Ray (flute), Dylan Young (altos); Andy Garcia, Dylan Hannan (tenors); Saul Dautch (baritone); Mudel Honore (piano/Hammond); Luther Burke (bass); Ryan Waszner (guitar); Gus D'Angelo (drums) + Justin Diaz (trumpet); Richard Drexler (Hammond); Jeff Moore (bongoes); Marty Morrell (vibes/congas/shaker).

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