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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

Postage

16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

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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