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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Until July 21

Today Friday July 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

John Settle’s Vibe-ology - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys - Ernest, Boyd Street, Newcastle NE1 2AP. Tel: 0191 260 5216. 5:00pm. Free.

Blues/Country/Folk

Summertyne Americana - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. Struggle Buggy 2:00-2:45pm., Shipcote & Friends 3:00-3:45pm. Free. Jumpin’ Hot Club stage.

Evening.

Riviera Quartet - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. 8:00pm. (7:30pm doors). £8.00.

New Orleans Swamp Donkeys - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle NE2 1AP. Tel: 0191 232 3553. 8:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. adv). Top class band from New Orleans.

Baghdaddies - Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Newcastle NE6 1LD. Tel: 0191 265 6151. 8:30-9:30pm.

Global BRASS @ Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £15.00. (£12.00. concs.). Joint concert featuring two bands 560 miles apart - NASUWT Riverside Band (Chester le Street) & Concord Brass Band (Copenhagen). A Durham Brass Festival event.

Haftor Medbøe & Will of the People Quartet: Global Brass Jam - Live - Gala Theatre, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. 10:30pm. £10.00. (£8.00. concs.). Pan-European jam session. Will of the People Quartet line-up: Haftør Medboe (saxophones); Pete Furniss (clarinets); Jacob Karlzon (piano); Tom Bancroft (drums). A Durham Brass Festival event.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Country

Sold out!

k.d.lang - Summertyne Americana Festival, Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 7:30pm.

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The Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Radio Scarborough "Lazy River" Jazz Show.

Charlie S Shaw presents a weekly radio show on Radio Scarborough. 
The Lazy River Jazz Show can be heard at the following times:
18:00 - 20:00 on Mondays (live).
23:00 - 01:00 on Tuesdays (rpt).
0300: - 05:00 on Thursdays (rpt).

The programme can be heard at the appropriate time here.

However, on Charlie's Facebook page (links below) you can listen to various interviews and videos he has had with various name musicians much more than a stone's throw from Scarborough.
Well worth checking out.


Lance

News Flash!

Guitarist Roly Veitch regretfully informs me that he's had to pull out of his advertised duo set with fellow guitarist Bradley Johnston at Saturday's Marie Curie Fundraiser concert in memory of Margaret Barnes at the Lit & Phil. This is due to that guitarists' nightmare - tendonitis. It is thought that Bradley may do it as a solo set.
Lance

Free Jazz @ the Gala Theatre, Durham Tomorrow night!

Paul Gudgin, Artistic Director of the Durham International Jazz Festival, sent me this special offer to all our readers: "I am giving away plenty of freebies for a concert at the Gala Theatre tomorrow night.  We have Haftor Medbøe and the Will of the People Quartet http://www.haftormedboe.com/projects/  who will be performing a gig in the Gala Theatre with Norwegian Trumpet Player Gunnar Halle playing with them Live from Oslo! https://www.gunnarhalle.com/  Jazz meets technology!
Here is a link to the event on our website.  https://www.brassfestival.co.uk/brasspost/global-jam-session/

I am very happy for you to pass on the following code which will give people free tickets for the event.  If they click on the Brass Festival link above and when prompted use the code  JamFree they will get a freebie!"
Paul Gudgin.

RIP Dave Wickins

Drummer Dave Wickins passed away a week today (July 11). Well respected as a drummer and educator I have to be honest that, I knew little of him in recent years. However, It was pointed out to me that I heard him with the Liam Noble Trio doing a Brubeck tribute back in 2010 at Gateshead Old Town Hall (see photo). Referring back to that March evening's review I note that I compared him with Joe Morello and he lost nothing by the comparision.

I also heard him in my pre-blog years at a concert with Kirk Lightsey at Caedmon Hall - also in Gateshead.

The respect he was held in is shown by this obituary on London Jazz News.Sadly missed.
Lance

Eddie Walker and Frank Porter Guitar Duo @ Dormans Jazz Club Middlesbrough - July 4

(Review by Ian Bosworth)

A new act for Dormans featured two stalwarts of the folk scene now turning their talents to jazz, Eddie Walker and Frank Porter.

Both playing guitar with Eddie doing most of the vocals the duo played a number of Fred Astaire songs, beginning with "Isn't This a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain?" and including "The Continental", "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails", and "Puttin' on the Ritz".

As well as the jazz influenced tunes this talented duo included some of the early blues and ragtime songs," Key to the Highway", "Diddy Wha Diddy", "West Coast Blues", "Calliope Rag", and "Baby it Must be Love" penned  by the great Blind Willie McTell.

Music stars get behind new Sage Gateshead development

New era for Sage Gateshead announced ahead of this weekend’s 14th SummerTyne Americana Festival
(Press release)

“I'm delighted to hear that Sage Gateshead has been successful in this bid. Sage One is a special room to play and I have some wonderful memories performing there. This new project should provide an even more dynamic live experience for both the artist and audience." - Sting 

A bespoke seating system, which will enable the quick removal of seats to create space for a part standing audience, has been given the go-ahead at renowned music venue Sage Gateshead.
The major project has been made possible thanks to £1.2 million from National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s capital programme. This has been matched by generous donations of £800,000 from individuals and trusts from the North East and across the country.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Kenny Garrett Quintet & Chris Potter Trio @ San Francisco Jazz Center- June 21

Kenny Garrett Quintet: Garrett (alto sax/flute); Vernell Brown (piano); Corcoran Holt (bass); Samuel Laviso (drums); Rudy Bird (percussion).
(Review by Dave Clarke/photo courtesy of Pam)

Prior to attending this late-June San Francisco Jazz Festival concert I had never seen either Kenny Garrett or Chris Potter in live performance and nor was I familiar with their recordings. If I hadn’t read an interview with Potter in the March issue of Jazzwise magazine my ignorance would have probably led me to think that they were an odd mix for a double bill: Garrett, with a tendency towards the funky, and Potter, a critically acclaimed ECM recording artist.

My initial reaction to leader Garrett’s shiny suit and the band’s high energy soul-jazz was “Lance, you should have sent Steve T on this gig!.”    

The Ray Dales Quartet @ Dormans Jazz Club Middlesbrough - July 11

Ray Dales (alto sax) Jeremy McMurray (piano) Keith Peberdy (bass) Paul Smith (drums)
(Review by Ron H)

When four well-known local jazz musicians of this calibre play together, the audience can expect a night of both interesting and exciting interpretations of jazz classics.

They weren’t disappointed!

The first set opened with one of Ray's favourites complete with a blistering sax intro to an up-tempo version of  Secret Love. Equally impressive solos followed setting the standard for the night.

Wigan then Durham, no rest for (the wicked) Tony Eales


(Review by Russell/Eales)

Does the bloke never stop? BSH's County Durham correspondent Tony Eales spent four days at the Wigan Jazz Festival then, within hours of arriving home, made a b-line for the Durham Brass Festival. 

TE has attended the Wigan event for more years than he cares to remember yet, with real enthusiasm, filed a report suggesting Wigan 2019 was as good a year as any. A new venue, stick with the same tried-and-tested formula - book some of the best bands around, both big bands (it's what Wigan is all about) alongside some top quality small combos - and reap the rewards in the shape of many near-capacity and several sell-out shows.   

River City Revival continues @ Block & Tackle

Because of a new arrangement between the management and the River City Jazzmen I'm pleased to confirm that the monthly jazz night will continue to run at the Block and Tackle on the third Tuesday of the month. 

The band, with guest reed man Don Armstrong from Oz, enjoyed a successful session last night with a really appreciative audience. The next session will be on Tuesday 20th August, again with Don on clarinet /saxes.
Gordon Solomon.

Preview: New Orleans Swamp Donkeys - Friday!

(Preview by Russell)

It's a growing list. Either side of the Atlantic young musicians are finding something of interest in the foundations of the music - the sounds of twenties' New Orleans jazz and the fledgling swing bands of the Cotton Club years. The Stateside contingent includes Tuba Skinny, the all-female Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band, the Shotgun Jazz Band, Frog and Henry (the Big Easy their base) and Vince Giordano with his Nighthawks an established figure up in NYC. European counterparts count among their number Edinburgh's Tenement Jazz Band, the Basin Street Brawlers, Adrian Cox with his Edmond Hall project and Belgium's swing dance outfit the Jake Walker Orchestra.  

In Newcastle on Friday there is an opportunity to hear another first rate American band when the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys play a late afternoon on-street warm-up gig ahead of an evening concert down in the Ouseburn Delta. Direct from N'Awlins, James Williams leads an ace ensemble outside Ernest (that's the cafe/bar behind the Biscuit Factory on Stoddart Street) at five o'clock before moving on downstream to Cobalt Studios on Boyd Street (near to the Tyne Bar).

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival - July 14

(Reviews by Sheila)

The Lemon Monkeys: Matt Smith and Carlos Olmos (guitars). German-Bolivian,
Sunday morning was underway at 11 on the main stage with a jazz guitar duo - a Londoner and a German-Bolivian.  "Guten Dias", and it was a good day. 
Lovely interpretations of jazz standards, swinging and intricate, with a gypsy jazz feel at times. All well received and appreciated by the audience who were enjoying the brighter weather. 

Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat: Emma Johnson sax, Fergus Vickers, guitar, Angus Milne, double bass and Steve Hanley drums. 
On stage Sunday lunchtime (Gravy Boat - get it?!) 
A relaxed, melodic and distinctive style of contemporary jazz, from composer Emma Johnson and the band.  "We had a great time performing at Burton Agnes for the first time and it was amazing to play our music to such a friendly and interested audience" said, Emma. There was a strong rapport both within the band and with the audience, accessible and very popular with the knowledgeable listeners who queued for CDs on sale at the end of the set. 

Catch them at The Globe on 16th November. 

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival - July 13

Atila: King for a Day. 
Atila (vocals); Colin Oxley (guitar); Gabriel Latchin (keys); Tom Farmer (double bass/vocals/MD); Steve Brown( drums).
(Reviews by Sheila).

This set was an hour and a half of superb singing and playing in tribute to Nat King Cole celebrating the centenary year of his birth. (1919-1965). 

Not a pastiche, but a warm and suave delivery of Nat King Cole's well-known, romantic ballads and an interesting insight into the career and development of this well-loved singer. 

Atila sang with obvious enjoyment, his beautiful phrasing and care towards these classic songs was much appreciated by an audience who knew the originals by heart. Always a difficult situation requiring the vocalist to own the material and interpret it afresh, in this set, he did it successfully. 

The inclusion of brief recordings of Nat himself and some of the orchestrations of his Capitol Records' releases were, l thought, less successful in the story-telling. 

The instrumentalists on stage were a joy to hear, the solos were excellent as were the arrangements. 

Jazz Leeds Festival 2019


Thursday to Sunday,  if you're down in the Leeds' area, then there is much jazz to be heard. Check out the goodies on offer here - Andy Sheppard, the Electric Lady Big Band paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix (!) and much much more... The logo tells you of the diversity on offer. A diversity that includes such northeast talents as John Pope, Faye MacCalman and James Birkett. Full line-up.

Lance

Bradley Johnston Quartet @ The Lit & Phil – July 12.

Keith Robinson (reeds); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums),
(Review/photos courtesy of Brian Ebbatson)

Publicity for this gig from guitarist Bradley Johnston promised “a musical journey that explores guitar playing over the last 100 years”, but it was a much more personal selection of pieces, mainly by Bradley himself – four out of six of the tunes featured were from his pen – although there was certainly a strong element of paying tribute to his influences.

Bradley opened solo with his arrangement of John Lennon’s In My Life, a dreamy interpretation very reminiscent of Bill Frisell – indeed it features on Frisell’s 2011 album All We Are Saying. Bradley wove his way with synth-like chords through and around the George Harrison intro and the Lennon melody. Maybe it was a 70’s Beatles number but this was definitely a second-decade C21 interpretation.

(Preview): Marie Curie Fundraiser - A Concert For Margaret Barnes


(Info supplied by JNE)

Saturday 20th July @ The Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road,
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
£10 Afternoon or Evening Session Ticket / £12 Full Day Ticket

Afternoon Session (Doors: 1.00pm
)

1.30pm: Debra Milne and Steve Glendinning
2.20pm: Paul Edis with Graham Hardy
3.25pm: Hand To Mouth
4.15pm: Thomas Dixon Band


Evening Session (Doors: 5.45pm)

6.00pm: Paul Taylor + The Long Lonesome Go
7.05pm: Bradley Johnston Trio trio with Roly Veitch
8.10pm: Duo FCT
9.00pm: Zoe Gilby Quartet

Monday, July 15, 2019

Shappiness is just a thing called Daryl

‘Shappiness’ is frequently defined as - a good shit, a  good shag, a clean shave, a shampoo, or an expensive sherry. However, if you happen to be at Pizza Express' The Pheasantry in London tomorrow and Wednesday (15/16) then you most surely will add the name of Sherman to those ‘Shapps’.

Daryl Sherman is, undoubtedly, an outstanding purveyor of the GASbook. We've heard her at festivals, in concert halls, - even at a low profile jam session in Jesmond (see photo) - and the girl always delivers both vocally and pianistically! Sadly, I won't be able to get down to The Pheasantry - my gossamer wings are in the repair shop - but, nevertheless, it promises to be a couple of memorable evenings with Daryl paying tribute to the vocal style of no less an icon than Satchmo himself and, in the company of some of our finest jazzmen.
Sir Lancelot 
(Warning!: Only Daryl is allowed to call me that!)

Vieux Carré Hot 4 using their loaf

David Binney: "In this age, we musicians need to do anything we can to make a living, and ninety-nine percent of us will have to do a wide variety of things." - (Jazz Times May 2019). True words from David Binney.

 
This ‘gig’ was a ‘promotional video/publicity shoot for the new Greggs outlet on Sandy Lane, Newcastle, which required an early 7.00am start when it’s comparatively quiet ahead of the rush hour. It was a good gig, tho! 
Pete Wright, trumpet; Jim McBriarty, soprano sax; Brian Bennett, banjo; Phil Rutherford, sousaphone.
Brian Bennett.

(Editor): This must have been one of your 'higher profile' gigs judging by the bandwagon - love the car registration!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Jambone & Young Sinfonia @ Sage Gateshead – July 13


(Review by Chris)

A rare outing for the combined forces of the Sage Young Musicians Programme jazz orchestra Jambone, and conventional orchestra, Young Sinfonia, filling the stage of Sage One.  This was part of the culmination of the YMP year – their summer festival - and marked the latest milestone in the remarkable development of Jambone’s director, the composer and arranger extraordinaire, Paul Edis.   With two orchestras (12 strong Jambone, 27 for Sinfonia) packed with talent at his disposal,  Admiral Edis had written or arranged three contrasting pieces to send the fleet on manouevres for an hour or so. Was this to be jazz deluxe, or was it modern orchestral repertoire spiced with “improvisatory” elements, as the Sinfonia’s distinguished conductor, Karin Hendrickson warned the audience?  

Denmark Street Big Band with Jo Harrop @ The Dean Street Pizza Express, Soho, London - July 13

(Review by Russell)

This was something of a treat. A day trip to London to hear Paul Burch's cracking big band working with star vocalist Jo Harrop. The Gene Krupa Story is the Denmark Street Big Band's latest project and on a warm summer's day the orchestra assembled for a lunchtime engagement at the Dean Street Pizza Express.

Soho bustled as it always does; traders, tourists, locals, some looking cool, some trying to look cool, others not so cool. The Pizza Express' basement venue offered some relief from the on-street rising mercury. Members of the orchestra arrived in ones and twos as Ms Harrop sound-checked alongside pianist Ben Croft.  

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival - July 13 (afternoon)

(Review by Sheila Herrick/photos to follow)

Saturday brought The Mark Williams Trio to the stage at 12.30pm a lovely start to the day and the audience appreciated the fine playing and skilled musicianship of Mark on guitar, Andy Champion on bass guitar and Russ Morgan on drums. (Paul Susans unable to make this gig). The set had a well-balanced range from the clear and bell-like, Weird Waltz, to the meditative Good Answer and on to Near Enough,  revved up by Russ and taken on by the flying fingers of Mark and the power of Andy's bass. "The set went well, Andy played a blinder and there was something for everyone", said Mark. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

CD Review: Rich Willey's Boptism Big Band - Down & Dirty


(Review by Lance).

I know I never stop moaning (or should that be Moanin'?) about the number of CDs I'm presented with for review. When I first started BSH I'd eagerly await the postman in anticipation of what goodies he may have in store for me - I was a kid in a sweetie factory! However, with the passage of time, it became reminiscent of the old joke about the musician who goes to Hell and finds himself playing in the Basie Band. 

Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival - July 12

(Review/photo courtesy of Sheila Herrick)

First on the main stage was the Manchester Jazz Collective - 3 saxes, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, keyboard, double bass and drums. A 10 strong ensemble of northern musicians and composers who created a full and wide-ranging sound. From brassy big band and South American flavoured numbers to lyrical pieces on sax and with welcome attention to dynamics which enhanced the set and the audience appreciation. Great playing and well-written pieces clearly enjoyed by players and audience alike.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Ahead Of Summertyne Americana Festival, Eve Selis Opens Up About How Tragedy Has Shaped Her Music


(Media Release)

Last time award-winning Americana singer Eve Selis performed at Sage Gateshead was in 2016. But when a series of tragedies struck not long after her return home, she became incapable of listening to music never mind singing.

Thankfully, with determination and positivity, Eve will be joining a special line-up at this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival and will once again be entertaining some of her greatest fans.

The Festival runs from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July and is in its 14th year. k.d. lang is the headline opening act for the Friday whilst Strictly Country featuring Eve Selis, The Wandering Hearts, Lauren Alaina and Catherine McGrath will headline the Saturday night. Kiefer Sutherland will close the weekend on Sunday night.

John Pope Quintet @ the Bridge Hotel - July 7


Faye MacCalman (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Jamie Stockbridge (alto saxophone); Graham Hardy (trumpet); John Pope (double bass;) Johnny Hunter (drums)
(Review by Steve H)

This band played its inaugural gig at this very same venue  3 years ago. I said in my review at the time how much I hoped that this would not just be a one-off gig. The band is geographically split between Newcastle and Manchester although even the non-Geordie residents have Newcastle connections. Pope, MacCalman and Hardy are well known local favourites. Jamie Stockbridge although now resident in Manchester formed his regular band Taupe in Newcastle and Johnny Hunter appears so many times in Newcastle I suspect he may have a season ticket for United. Thankfully having being selected as one of this year’s Jazz North’s Northern Line bands they have been able to come together more often and Sunday night saw the culmination of a 4 gig Northern Powerhouse tour (Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield).

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Don't throw CDs at me

Just as some of the charity shops say "Sorry no books" I'm in a similar position where I'm having to say that, for the time being, I can no longer accept CDs for review unless I've specifically requested them. I just can't cope with the deluge, some of which I know will be fantastic, but time and space mean that only a very small percentage will even get out of the packaging. I know that I may be missing out on the next Kind of Blue but that's a chance I'll have to take.

I've got wall to wall CDs, LPs, EPs, tapes, 78s - even mini-discs and, maybe in the loft some reel to reel stuff. Then there are the DVDs, the videos, the books I've yet to read, the books I've yet to write, the cost of moving to a larger house to accommodate the daily influx so, folks, for the moment, if you're planning on sending me your latest masterpiece, do nothing till you hear from me.

Live gig reviews and previews will, of course, remain our number one priority.
Lance

Brian Jackson @ Hoochie Coochie - July 12

Don't miss tomorrow night at Hoochie. The good news is that the legendary interpreter of the music of Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson, will be delivering his sermon at 9:30pm at The Church.
Details.
Lance

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Gavin Belton Funeral Times

The funeral of Gavin Belton, banjoist w. the Tees Valley Jazzmen will take place on Monday, July 15 at 1:00pm at Cockton Hill Methodist Church, Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 6EN.

RIP Freddie Jones

Just a brief announcement reporting that character actor Freddie Jones died yesterday aged 91. Why am I mentioning this beloved actor on a jazz blog? Well, back in the early '70s when the Newcastle Big Band was pulling the crowds into their lunchtime sessions at what was then the University Playhouse (now Northern Stage) one of their most fervent supporters when he was in town - usually playing the Theatre Royal - was Freddie Jones.

He was always keen to chat - he loved the band - and, in return, I always looked out for him when he was on tele.
Fond memories,
Lance.

The Electet @ The Forum, Darlington - July 9

BSH's County Durham correspondent Tony Eales reports a healthy turn out at last night's now regular jazz gig at the Forum, Darlington. Pianist Rick Laughlin working alongside saxophonist Alan Thompson (Durham Alumni Big Band) is mixing and matching the line-up month to month and TE filed his report praising Harry Keeble (tenor sax) sharing the stand, and holding his own, with musicians many years his senior. August's session is scheduled for Tuesday 13th, watch this space.   
Russell

Preview: Alan Barnes' Gala Appearance - July 16

The indefatigable Alan Barnes is seemingly on the road seven days a week. At the weekend you'll find him at the Wigan Jazz Festival touring his Alan Barnes + 11 60th birthday album, a week tonight he'll be in London working on a classy gig (Daryl Sherman with Dave Green) and the following night the multi-instrumentalist will be at St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle working alongside Sue Ferris with the Paul Edis Trio. Why not take a night off, Alan? 

No chance! This year's Durham Brass Festival sees the Gala Big Band in action on Tuesday (July 16) and our award-winning jazz superstar just fancied joining his friend, pianist Paul Edis, for some Strictly Come BRASSing at the Gala Theatre. MD Edis has moulded the community orchestra into an impressive outfit and this festival engagement will be a salsa, swing, ballroom extravaganza featuring a 'plethora of dancers' in 'a colourful celebration of dancing and big band music'. Add Barnes to the mix together with Edis' top class bass and drums team of Andy Champion and Russ Morgan and you've got the makings of a great night out. The fun begins at 7:30, tickets £15 (£12 concs), call the box office on 03000 266 600.    
Russell

Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle - July 9


(Review by Russell)

It was a rainy night in Geor...sorry, wrong town, it was a rainy night in Newcastle. Perhaps the weather would deter both sitters-in and listeners alike. At eight o'clock in a sparsely populated Black Swan the house trio made a start with They Can't Take that Away from Me.  

Triste (João Gilberto recorded Jobim's number) played out to the hardcore before the trio lit the blue touchpaper with a scorching take on Billie's Bounce. Messrs Stockdale, Grainger and Walker went for it, not least jam session kingpin Mr G fuelled by who knows what...spinach? It was time to invite the first (the only?!) sitter-in to join the trio. All the way from Cleveland, Jan Spencelayh! The Nearness of You for starters, Devil May Care with pianist Stockdale suggesting 'last four' as he helped chart our most welcome guest through Bob Dorough's timeless composition. Similarly, Stockdale suggested 'last twelve' on Almost Like Being in Love. We'll be hearing more from Spencelayh, that's for sure.

Well, look who's in town...Andrea Pattison, no less! AP's contribution was brief- What a Difference a Day Makes - and then she was gone, not from the premises, you understand, but to take her seat in a, by now, slowly but surely filling Black Swan.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Getting the Festival Vibe @ Love Supreme

(Report/photos by Debra M)

I am not a camper. I was put off many years ago by my family’s first and last camping holiday near Craster on the Northumberland coast, undertaken with 3 small children and not enough kit. It was a beautiful spot, but all I remember is feeling tired and cold.  However, times have moved on, and we were lured by Love Supreme and the prospect of a weekend full of jazz in the lush Sussex countryside, and by glamping.

The festival site included an outdoor Main Stage and two large marquees - The Big Top & The Arena, as well as several smaller performance spaces, hosting a wide selection of live jazz and soul, as well as DJ sets, spoken word & dance events.  Early on Friday evening, our first stop was the Jazz Lounge to watch Abi Lewis’s Geordie Jazz Man.  It is a beautifully constructed narrative that captures the essence of Keith Crombie  and entwines his story with evocative shots of Newcastle from the 1960s onwards. The audience included a handful of Tynesiders who had known him personally, 1 or 2 of whom were brought to tears.

Better than Paracetamol - two great albums

It's Tuesday, the jam is on, but it's not my good news day. I woke up this morning, yes I woke up this morning and my nostrils were a flood, seems like I caught a cold, yes, I got it bad and that ain't good.

So, not wishing to spread the germs around, what could I do but cuddle up to the CD player and ease my troubled mind?

This also seemed to be the ideal moment to dispose of a couple more of the Dreyfus albums - there's still 3 more to go after this. I'm not going to include any of the 14 CDs/LPs in my 'Discs of the Year' listings - how could I? They're simply unbeatable.

Madeleine Peyroux & Emily Barker @ Sage Gateshead - July 8

Madeleine Peyroux (vocal/guitar); Andy Ezrin (keys); Jon Herington (guitar); Paul Frazier (bass guitar); Graham Hawthorne (drums).
(Review by Lance/Photo courtesy of Raphaël Perez © 2019 *)

The barflies arrived in time (just) for the main event making Level One of Sage One maybe 90% full. They should have got there earlier...

However, they were in time for the big deal which was a very big deal indeed. M'amselle Peyroux - ok I know she was born in Georgia and lived in Brooklyn but I always think of her as French and she did sing a number in that most musical of languages that could have been created on the boulevards of Paris - was in good voice. 

Jake Walker Orchestra @ The Black Swan, Newcastle - July 8


Jake Walker Orchestra: Cedric De Lat (trumpet); Tobias Storme (trombone); Warre Van de Putte (tenor saxophone); Ruben Van Bost (clarinet, tenor sax, soprano sax); Wouter 'Wally' Van den Broeck (piano); Pieter Mortier (string bass); Wannes 'Wannie' Cornelis (drums).
(Review by Russell)

Gig of the year, as simple as that. Jake Walker or, to give the band its full name, the Jake Walker Orchestra, arrived on Tyneside midway through a first British tour. On the evidence of this Newcastle performance, it'll be the first of many.  

Jake Walker's tour itinerary found the band with a blank date - Sunday in Edinburgh, Tuesday in Edinburgh, what to do on Monday? In stepped Newcastle Arts Centre to offer the Belgian swing septet a gig in the Black Swan venue on Westgate Road. Those concerned should be congratulated on taking a punt, it paid off handsomely. 

Monday, July 08, 2019

Strictly Smokin' stripped down in the hills


(Press release)

An opportunity to hear Strictly Smokin’ stripped down to a quartet with Alice Grace (voice), Michael Lamb (trumpet), Pawel Jedrzejewski (Guitar), Michael Whent (Bass) – featuring music from  Alice and Pawel’s new Album ‘A Timeless Place’.

In the heart of the Northumbrian countryside, Dennis Kilgallon Gallery showcases artistic
talent in a location so spectacular and remote it is referred to as ‘The Gallery in the Hills’- despite being only 10 minutes drive from the A69. Near to Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda, Houseteads and Allen Banks: make a day of visiting throughout the year exhibition changes every two months. If you don’t trust your SatNav, simply follow the yellow and black signs for ‘Art Gallery’ which will take you to the front door of his converted barn and gallery home.

Gallery open to browse.
Booking.

CD Review: Larry Fuller - Overjoyed


Larry Fuller (piano), Hassan Shakur (bass), Lewis Nash (drums).
(Review by Dave Brownlow).

What a pleasure it is to come across an album such as this which incorporates many of the best qualities of jazz music – swing, the blues, chops, flair, humour, drive, surprise, good taste, invention, and sheer joy. Larry Fuller has worked with many notable musicians - Ray Brown, Ernestine Anderson, Harry Edison, Phil Woods, Clark Terry, John Pizzarelli - and he brings the experience gained to the piano keyboard in his own soulful style on this CD.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Preview: The Gene Krupa Story @ The Pizza Express, Soho - July 13


Krupa, O'Day, Denmark Street - it has all the makings of a big band super gig. At lunchtime on Saturday (July 13) at the Dean Street (Soho) Pizza Express the Demark Street Big Band will be telling the story of one of the great jazz drummers, Mr Gene Krupa.

The Denmark Street Big Band, assembled and directed by Paul Burch, comprises London-based A-listers (subject to availability, these guys are so busy - West End shows, studio recording sessions, jazz gigs in and out of town!) taking on a range of projects. The latest is The Gene Krupa Story. The set list is likely to include Leave Us LeapDrum Boogie and Drummin' Man. And, what's more, the fabulous Jo Harrop will be singing Anita O'Day with the band - Bolero at the SavoyBoogie BluesLet Me Off Uptown...can't wait! MD Burch promises a Goodman-Krupa dust-up, it should be fun! Will Ms Harrop be wearing a sensational hat, a la Ms O'Day? Either way, our girl (our County Durham born girl!) is the tops. 
Russell
Doors at 12:15, first set 1:15. Tickets (£15) from 020 7437 9595.    

Ray Harris @ Hoochie Coochie, - July 5


Ray Harris (keys/vocals); Euan Malloch (guitar/vocals); Marcus Cordock (bass guitar/vocals); Signy Jakobsdottir (percussion); Gary Montgomery (drums) + Hannabiell Saunders (percussion).
(Review by Nathan Allonby).

What do you get if you mix five outstanding musicians, who have played together for years and know each other well? Six albums and a rip-roaring night at Hoochie Coochie!


Many of us have heard Ray Harris at Hoochie Coochie before, so we knew this would be a "Don't miss" event - they didn't let us down.

Although billed under the leader's name, it's a bit like the Duke Ellington Orchestra, a band where every member should be a star in their own right. This is very much a close collaboration where every member contributes equally. Several of the titles from their new album were written collectively. It's really exciting to hear such a tight band.

Preview: Jake Walker Orchestra @ The Black Swan - July 8


New Orleans, Dixieland, swing, it's the new thing, you know. Recent visits to BSH's heartland by the likes of America's Frog and Henry, the Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band and Taylor Smith and the Roamin' Jasmine (performing to large crowds) and gigs by homegrown talent - Adrian Cox's Profoundly Blue, the Tenement Jazz Band, the Red Hot Rhythm Makers, the Northern Monkey Brass Band, House of the Black Gardenia - tell the story...swing (and all things New Orleans) is the thing! 

Tomorrow night (Monday) in the Black Swan (Newcastle Arts Centre) Swing Tyne devotees (and anyone else who fancies it) will be dancing the night away to the sounds of Jake Walker*. Jake who? you ask. No, no, not 'he', 'they'. The Jake Walker Orchestra, all the way from Ghent, Belgium, will be setting the tempo from eight o'clock. 

RIP João Gilberto

Just heard the sad news that Brazilian guitar legend and creator of the bossa nova genre died yesterday (July 6).

Best remembered by jazz fans for his groundbreaking albums with Stan Getz and the hit single The Girl From Ipanema sung by his then wife, Astrid Gilberto, Gilberto was a renowned performer in his own right and an inspiration to many.

Time to dig out the albums.
João Gilberto was 88.
Sadly missed.
Lance
Obituary.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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