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Postage

16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 28: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ Warkworth War Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Paul Edis Trio @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 28: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock, Jasper Høiby & Sun-Mi Hong @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm. £15.40., £13.20.

Sat 29: Spat’s Langham’s Hot Fingers @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 29: Vermont Big Band @ Seahorse Pub, Whitley Bay Football Club. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet).
Sat 29: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 30: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 30: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 30: Jazz Jam Sandwich! @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 30: Charlotte Keeffe @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE.
Sun 30: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

International Jazz Day @ The Globe Jazz Bar - April 30

April 30 - International Jazz Day. From St. Petersburg to Shoreditch to Newcastle and all points north, south, east and west the celebrations were taking place. Didn't you see the headlines in your local newspaper? Perhaps not.
Most of the big hitters were in St. Pete's and it would seem the Russians did them proud. Down in Shoreditch, in the opulent Town Hall, the celebrations were held in conjunction with the Jazz FM Awards which will be duly reviewed by our roving reporter Steve T. In Newcastle there was also a dual celebration at the less opulent Globe Jazz Bar, home of the Jazz Co-op. 
Four years to the day, The Jazz Co-op bought the pub and turned it into a venue featuring both local and national musicians and, on occasion, international musicians e.g. this coming Sunday (May 6) in a co-promotion with JNE, they present Pericopes + 1, an Italian/New York trio.
Last night though, the emphasis was on those local musicians who have helped keep the show on the road so to speak. 

I know it is unfair to single out individuals but I think there are few who would dispute the ultra-outstanding performance by the guitar duo of Bradley Johnston and James Birkett. In a perfect world these two guys would have been on the bill with Herbie Hancock and co. in St. Petersburg or picking up an award in Shoreditch. Their loss was our gain as we marvelled at the technique and empathy displayed by the two players. From Carl Kress and Dick McDonough to Pat Metheny (who, incidentally, was at Shoreditch picking up an award) they dazzled. Four Brothers could have been four saxes and if you ever hear Cherokee played by anyone else, this is the yardstick to judge it by.

Earlier, regulars from the monthly Sunday afternoon Am Jam sessions formed a quintet led by guitarist Keith Barrett and, as relative newcomers to jazz, they impressed. Sorry, I didn’t catch the names (somebody help me).

Four were actually a sextet (Mel Grundy - vocals; Andrew Guerin - trumpet; Bernie Ranson - alto/tenor; David Herbert - keys; Harry Hussaini - bass guitar; Ben Chilcott - drums)
Mel on vocals didn't take the easy route but chose some tricky numbers; Beautiful Love, Night and Day, I'm Foolin' Myself and Some Other Time. She handled them well. Ranson blew Lesterish tenor on Foolin' whilst Guerin's trumpet solo on Beautiful Love suggests we will be hearing more of him.

Dave Weisser's Take it to the Bridge sessions have been running, at various venues, for longer than a John Coltrane solo and have nurtured many a rising talent in the process. Twelve good men (and women) true to the cause took to the stage and impressed
Again, I didn't catch all of the names so my apologies to those I've missed, misspelled, or got totally wrong.
Dave Weisser (cornet/vocal/congas); Jude Murphy (flute/alto); Rachel Richman (alto); George Sykes (tenor); Barry Ascroft (keys); Stan, (the drummer with the vowelless surname); Roy Stephenson, Matthew Long (guitars); Drew ? (bass); Nigel ? (flugel); Johannes Dahluijsen (tenor); ?? (flute).
Please correct or advise me on any inaccuracies or additions.
Needless to say, it was a rousing set with good solos all round. 

Time was catching up with me and, regrettably, I had to leave after Blue Jazz Sextet's versions of Tenor Madness and Skylark and so missed Indigo Voices and Budtet. However, we still had a BSH presence so watch this space and well-done Jazz Co-op for your superb dual celebration.
Lance.
PS: The food was also first class!

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