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Postage

13,837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1254 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 23).

From This Moment On ...

October

Tue 26: Classic Swing @ Ship inn, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the band’s weekly residency will be fortnightly until further notice.
Tue 26: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. The post-lockdown resumption of the Black Swan’s fortnightly jam session.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Nov. 27

(Review by Lance).

James Birkett is rarely seen on the jam session circuit but, tonight, he was part of the house trio and much appreciated by a decent turnout despite the atrocious weather and a couple of competing events at Sage Gateshead and the Bridge Hotel. 

As always, on these occasions there were highs and lows but, whatever, all taken in good spirit by players and listeners alike.

Stu Finden toted a gleaming baritone sax to great effect on Stella by Starlight and Yardbird Suite whilst Mrs Finden sang You Go to my Head with Mr Finden helping out on double bass. A little more volume on the mic would have helped the vocal. No such problems for Niffi who worked out on Do Nothin' Till You Hear From me and Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.


Always a pleasure to have Martin Waugh on piano. In deference, perhaps, to James Birkett who'd early played Django's Castle, he chose Nuages and there was some delightful interplay between the two. Later, he played a tune so familiar, it bugged me all night and it wasn't until I was homeward bound in a taxi* that I had my Eureka! moment - Stranger on the Shore.
Jeremy McMurray played piano behind John Rowland for What is This Thing Called Love? taken at rush hour tempo and a more sedate version of Sonny Rollins' Doxy. For some reason, I always think of this as a Monk tune - don't know why. 

Tenor and baritone had a blast on Tenor Madness then slowed things down for Tenderly - John Rowland played a nice cadenza at the end.

David Gray arrived in sartorial splendour and blew some triple tongued pyrotechnics on (pause) was it Cantaloupe Island or The Chicken or Milestones? Whatever, he lived up to his "Showtime" moniker. 

There were other songs that I may have overlooked and possibly other players such as the young keyboard player who, I think, needs a little more time in the woodshed...
No such prerequisites needed for Mo or Archie on drums who kept things a-swinging.

The finale had the whole gang up front with Fi providing the words to Bernie's Tune with Stu in Gerry Mulligan mode. Martin again on piano and, the only disappointment of the night, he didn't sing. Talking of which, Ray Burns sat in the wings with his accordion primed but they never even made it to the stage. 
Still, it was yet another enjoyable evening up "The Swannee".
Lance.
*The fact I hung on and went home by taxi rather than bus or metro is an indication as to how good a night it was (or how bad the weather was!)

James Birkett (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums) + Stu Finden (baritone sax/bass); John Rowland (tenor sax); Martin Waugh, Jeremy McMurray, Brandon? (pianos);  Hazem Mohammed, Archie Williamson (drums); Niffi Osiyemi, Fiona Finden (vocals).

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