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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.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Preview: Ushaw Jazz Festival (August 24-26)

(Preview by Russell)
Tomorrow sees the start of the third annual Ushaw Jazz Festival. Now firmly established in the jazz calendar, this year's headliners - Nicola Farnon, Jo Harrop and Alan Barnes - are guaranteed to attract large audiences to the magnificent Ushaw estate. 

The action begins at six o'clock on Friday (August 24) in the Francis Thompson Room. The Early Bird Big Band - an expanded line-up of Paul Edis' young musicians' workshop band - will set the standard for the August bank holiday weekend. Such is the talent within the ranks that some former members have gone on to secure places at prestigious music schools at home and abroad. 

At eight o'clock Ushaw Jazz Festival director Paul Edis features alongside the first of the event's headline names. Yorkshire-based Nicola Farnon returns to the region having made a lasting impression with a winning performance at Durham's Gala Theatre. The double bassist-singer will arrive at Ushaw - located a couple of miles from Durham City - with drummer Phil Johnson. The trio will entertain festival-goers with a programme comprising gems from the Great American Songbook together with one or two original compositions. The Nicola Farnon Trio comes highly recommended.
Ushaw day two (Saturday 25) begins with a corker! The Graeme Wilson Quartet is, as London Jazz News stated, 'a surefire winner'. Multi reeds master Wilson will make the trip from his Edinburgh home to reunite with his north east of England friends Paul Edis, Andy Champion and Adam Sinclair to play a set of tunes, mostly, if not exclusively, written by bandleader Wilson. A new album is in the offing and you can be assured some of the material will be heard at Ushaw. It's a one o'clock start in the elegant Francis Thompson Room and it's no exaggeration to say this could be the set of the weekend. 

It could be a good idea to hang onto your seat in the Francis Thompson Room as the Tulip/MacKellar Quartet follows at four o'clock. Guitarist Francis Tulip and drummer Matt MacKellar are graduates of the aforementioned Early Birds. As autumn approaches they are turning their thoughts to resuming their hothouse studies - Tulip in Birmingham, MacKellar in Boston, USA - so do take this opportunity to hear these rare talents before they depart.

It's all happening in the Francis Thompson lounge! Stay where you are because at six o'clock the guitar duo of Giles Strong and Roly Veitch will be playing a selection of their favourite numbers by some of their all-time favourite guitarists. Expect to hear some Jim Hall, perhaps Joe Pass, and one of Roly's guitar heroes, Canadian Ed Bickert. 

Saturday's closing concert at eight - this one is in the Exhibition Hall - features the wonderful Jo Harrop. The London-based singer will be returning to her County Durham roots and she'll be bringing with her the Copasetic Foundation's pianist Alex Webb and alto saxophonist Tony Kofi! Jo will meet up once again with Andy Champion, double bass, and drummer Russ Morgan to play a set titled: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee. There is so much great jazz to hear during the weekend but if you can make it to just one concert then this one won't disappoint. Unreservedly recommended. Nite-owls will have a ball from 10:15 when a free admission jam session gets underway. Sit and listen, or sit-in, the choice is yours. 

Ushaw day three (Sunday 26) dawns - in truth, it's an afternoon start at 1:00 - in the spectacular setting of St Cuthbert's Chapel. If you know Durham Cathedral but are yet to visit Ushaw then you're in for a treat. As you take a pew, see if you can stifle a cry of WOW! The place is truly impressive and the music, a suite written by Ushaw Jazz Festival director Paul Edis, has garnered universal praise. Originally a commissioned work celebrating the life of St Cuthbert with performances at Ushaw and Durham Cathedral, it has subsequently toured across the north of England and this homecoming concert by the all-star Ushaw Ensemble presents a further opportunity to hear the suite in an amazing architectural space. 

Festival director Paul Edis is committed to offering performance opportunities to emerging musicians. BABA represents a Tyneside - by way of Portugal! - success story. Alto and tenor saxophonist Thomas Dixon co-leads BABA (translating to 'Spit' in Portuguese) with Portuguese born pianist/vocalist Inês Gonçalves. They met at Sage Gateshead on the BMus degree course and with Tom having recently graduated and Inês to follow next year, they're embarking on a career in music.  The other half of the BABA quartet comprises fellow Sage student Adam Cornell, bass, and Early Bird/Jambone/session drummer extraordinaire Dylan Thompson. Citing Binker and Moses and Cuban piano sensation Alfredo Rodríguez as two of many influences, BABA brings together elements of straight ahead, Latin and free jazz to create a sound that is unmistakeably BABA.    

With so much great jazz across three days, the question arises: How to go out on a high? Well, the closing concert at this year's Ushaw Jazz Festival features one of the finest big bands in the country. The Strictly Smokin' Big Band is a major attraction in its own right with top-flight soloists in the sections and the dynamic vocal duo of Alice Grace and F'reez fronting the band.

MD Michael Lamb has paired the Strictly Smokin' with a succession of star names - Bruce Adams, Paul Booth, Hailey Tuck, to name but three - resulting in memorable performances and here at Ushaw the one-and-only Alan Barnes will join the band for what can best be described as a barnstorming session. Barnes has topped polls year after year, his popularity showing no signs of waning. Tickets for the six o'clock show in the Exhibition Hall are £10 and details of a range of admission prices for the other concerts, including day and weekend tickets, are available at www.ushaw.org. Put the dates in the diary - August 24-26, better still log on to book your tickets or telephone the box office on 0191 373 8500. Please note - if you plan to arrive by car (free parking!) use the following SatNav postcode: DH7 7DW. Ushaw offers catering throughout the weekend, the building is wheelchair accessible and baby change facilities are available. See you there!
See John Nesbitt video.
Russell
Nicola Farnon photo © Brian Ebbatson.
Jo Harrop/Alan Barnes photos © Jerry E.         

2 comments :

John Nesbitt (on F/b). said...

The fabulous Nicola Farnon. Here's a taster; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0InGmEqMTc

Unknown said...

Hi Russell
'In Other Words' are also now confirmed to play at 2.30pm on the Sunday.
Andrea

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