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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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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

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, Abbie Finn.

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. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets: www.sedgefieldblues.com.
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Jam Session @ the Black Swan - January 8.

(Review by Lance/PHOTOS.) 

Sixteen swingers at the first jam of 2019 and it set the bar high for the rest of the year not least when the house trio opened up with You'd be so Nice to Come Home to and You Don't Know What Love is. A couple of numbers that told the awaiting jammers that, if they fell on their ass it wouldn't be because of any shortcomings in the backing.

Nobody fell!

Ray Johnson was first up with Tangerine and Softly as in a Morning Sunrise. Alan Law introduced the former tune as "A Xmas song"!

Nick Gould, all the way from Edinburgh, made the trip worthwhile with There is no Greater Love and Body and Soul.


A new face, a new voice is always welcome and Jenny Kanellea made an impressive debut with Temptation (not the old Perry Como hit!) and Sway (the old Dean Martin hit). We look forward to hearing her again.

Tonight the onus was on the tenor sax or, to be more precise, four of them and number two was John Rowland who, undaunted by the tenor storm that had been blown up earlier, took us for a Blues Walk and I Wish I Knew How it Felt to be Free. Alan Law's solo added a lot of exclamation marks to my notebook. Matt MacKellar, on drums, had a few exclamation marks of his own on the score sheet. Matt returns to the venue on Thursday with Ben Lawrence, Andy Champion and Niffi Osiyemi.

The tenors kept a-coming with Ian White blowing Ricorda Me and Mr PC taken at only slightly slower than the speed of light. John Pope did some dextrous fingering on the latter number as befitted a tune dedicated to the late Paul Chambers.

A rare appearance by Dave Mckeague kept the rhythmic pulse high as those who'd waited patiently joined him on stage. These included yet another tenor player cum debutant - Grahame Easthope. Bearded, flat-capped and a handcrafted snout behind his ear he joined the fray along with "Showtime" on trombone and Todd on trumpet for the Roy Hargrove classic inspired by the Parisian metro station - Strasbourg/St. Denis. It was a blast.

In walked Stu who sat in on piano for Ladybird then In Walked Bud with Gould and Gray out front.

Ray Burns is never far away at a jam session and he made it in time to sing and play Sweet Lorraine.

The grand finale had Johnson, Gould, Gray and Rowland blowing on whatever it was but this I felt was an anti-climax. With four tenors, two trumpets and a trombone in the room this could have made for an all-out battle royal JATP style that could have gone on till midnight! But, time and tide etc.

It had still been a great evening.
Lance.
PS: On my journey home my Romanian cab driver was playing Rocket  Man.
"Do you like Elton John?" he asked.
I admitted I could take him or leave him. He then asked me which singers I listened to when I was younger.
"Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald" I replied.
"I've heard of them" he said and I wondered if he had.
PHOTOS.
Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Ray Johnson, Elliott Todd (trumpets); David Gray (trombone); John Rowland, Nick Gould, Ian White, Grahame Easthope (tenor saxes); Stu Collingwood (piano); John Pope (bass); Matthew MacKellar, Dave McKeague (drums); Ray Burns (vocal/harmonica); Jenny Kanellea (vocals).

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