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14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Dan Garel & Friends @ the Globe Jazz Bar - August 18

Dan Garel (alto); Francis Tulip (guitar); John Pope (bass guitar); Matt MacKellar (drums).
(Review by Lance).

I'd heard Garel many times during his tenure at Durham University - usually at the various jam sessions around town - and I was duly impressed. However, this was the first time I'd heard him in situ where he was calling the shots and, to put it mildly, I was doubly duly impressed! Surround him with three other guys of equal stature and the end product is one that is more magical than anything out of Harry Potter - maybe even Chris Potter! 

Francis Tulip met fire with fire and the exchanges between guitar and sax were as exciting as just about any jazz I've heard in recent months,

It's incredible to think that John Pope is now, in this company, the elder statesman - the youngest elder statesman since Pitt the Younger! The Encyclopedia Britannica describes the aforementioned Prime Minister as 'Clever, single-minded and confident of his own abilities' which, come to think about it, could also be applied to the four musicians on stage.

From the opening bars of Hank Mobley's This I Dig of You to Joe Henderson's Recorda Me via standards such as Speak Low, How Deep is the Ocean? some Garel originals, a knockout version of Josh Lawrence's Queensboro Bridge Stomp as well as several other numbers delivered with the power of a Jofra Archer short ball, this was an amazing session.

That they are so young makes you feel like you're getting in on the ground floor of something big. Perhaps hearing Eric Burdon and The Animals at Club A-Go-Go or the Emcee 5 at the Downbeat.

A lot of the music was hard bop but there were also freer moments that brought to mind Elvin, Trane and Ornette and it didn't hurt a bit. They will soon part and go there separate ways but, like true friends, let's hope there are more reunions.
Lance.
PS: Apologies for poor photo - forgot my camera and had to use my phone - never works for me.

PPS: Francis can be heard with the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Xhosa Cole, at Ushaw Jazz Festival on Saturday afternoon (August 24) and in a JNE promotion at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle, the following night (August 25).

2 comments :

Ron said...

The most exciting jazz you will ever see/hear. This was without doubt. An 'I was there moment'
Fantastic Gig!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Excellent review of a superb gig.

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