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

Postage

15516 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 536 of them this year alone and, so far, 25 this month (June 7).

From This Moment On ...

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Jeffrey Hewer @ The Vault, Darlington Covered Market, Darlington. 6:00-8:00pm. Free.
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 11: Jam No. 19 @ Fabio's Bar, Saddler Street, Durham. 8:00pm. Free. All welcome. A Durham University Jazz Society event.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Wed 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 14: NUJO Final Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 6:30pm. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra's final jam session of the academic year. All welcome.
Wed 14: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 14: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 14: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 15: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 15: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £2.00. All welcome.
Thu 15: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 15: Alexander Ord Trio @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Tynedale Rugby Club, Corbridge. Evening, time TBC.
Thu 15: Têtes de Pois + Nauta @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 15: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Francis Tulip Quartet @ The Globe & Stu Collingwood Trio @ Charts - August 5

Francis Tulip (guitar); Joel Brown (piano); Michael Dunlop (bass guitar); Matt MacKellar (drums).
(Review by Lance).
Much has been posted on BSH about the above musicians, charting their progress as some of them set out on their way with Jambone at Sage Gateshead, others consolidating their technique at local jam sessions before finally emerging in full bloom as a band to be reckoned with at any level.
The crowded bar at the Jazz Coop HQ took me back maybe 50 years to a time when Newcastle really was a 'jazz town'.
The Beatles may have ousted jazz from The Cavern in Liverpool but, in Newcastle, Jazz North East was about to begin the rollercoaster ride that continues to this day producing jazz across the spectrum from home and abroad. The New Orleans Club was open 6/7 nights a week whilst across town, the Down Beat club gave birth to the Emcee 5 - a modern jazz quintet that, in its short life, achieved legendary status before the musicians moved south to become cult figures in their own right. 
The two clubs also spawned The Animals, the bluesiest of the '60s rock groups and one of the few bands to challenge the then Merseyside dominance. To get an idea of the scene at the time, Abi Lewis' portrayal of the late Keith Crombie and the Jazz Café in her filmed documentary Geordie Jazzman is essential viewing (August 18, Tyneside Cinema).
Over the years, the Emcee 5 has become the yardstick by which northeast bands are judged. With the exception of a few such as the occasionally assembled ACV and the Paul Edis Sextet, most have been found wanting.
All that changed last night at the Globe.
There was a buzz about the place that took me back to those halcyon days. The hot weather outside, the warm beer inside, the cool music on stage. All that was missing was the sometimes pungent aroma of cigarette smoke.
Make no mistake, everything that has been written about the FTQ in these pages is no exaggeration and even though it is a band still in its infancy, that infancy is way way higher than many well-known bands' maturity.
However, like the Emcee 5, this could be an ephemeral moment. Already personnel changes are afoot and, as one of the warmest summers on record draws to a close, so the band members will disperse to their various pursuits both home and abroad and gigs like last night will become a rarity so be sure to catch them when you can or live a life of regret*.
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Prior to the above session, I had a pleasant stroll along Newcastle Quayside enjoying the 'scenery' before calling into Charts for a cooling draught of ale.
The Stu Collingwood Trio were laying down some fine jazz. Advertised as a Jazz Social which is another word for a Jam Session or, as Dave Weisser prefers, a Jazz Workshop, the potential was there for a super Sunday which is a current void in the Tyneside jazz calendar. Over the years, going back to the 1960s, maybe even earlier, Sunday lunchtime sessions pulled the crowds. 
The Bluebell in Felling, The Baracuda Band at one of the bars on Westgate Rd., The Newcastle Big Band, Last Exit, The East Side Torpedoes, the Steve Brown Band - all at the University Theatre (now Newcastle Playhouse), the Ronnie Young Band at the City Vaults in the Bigg Market were just some of the Sunday lunchtime sessions that served as an aperitif to your roast beef and two Yorkshires.
Charts is situated in a prime location. The Quayside market, particularly during the summer months, draws the crowds and with  Stu Collingwood on keys, Russ Morgan on drums and Andy, the still undefeated, Champion, on bass, who could ask for anything more?
 So surely the time is right for a revival.
All it needs is for a horn player or six to drop by and it will escalate.
Plus, no need to miss your Sunday dinner as it's a late afternoon start (4pm-7pm are the advertised times but this is jazz so they may not be exact.)
Well worth a visit or two/three/four etc.
Lance.
(Charts photo by Russell)  
*Stop press: The word is out that the Francis Tulip Quartet has booked some studio time so it looks as though there could be a CD in the offing. 

1 comment :

Russell said...

Steve Brown played piano at the University Theatre...all these years later son Joel is a chip off the old block playing piano with Francis Tulip!

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