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Postage

14336 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 555 of them this year alone and, so far, 55 this month (June 19).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sun 26 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Outdoor (indoor if inclement weather).
Sun 26: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Springwell Village Community Venue, Gateshead. 2:30pm. A ‘1940s’ Weekend’ event (from 1:00pm).
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Los Chichanos @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

JazzMain: Diggin Dexter! @ The Jazz Bar (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) - August 26

Nick Gould (tenor sax); Steve Grossart (piano); Iain Harkness (double bass); Kevin Dorrian (drums) 
(Review by Russell)

South of the border it was a public holiday, in Scotland's capital city it was just another work day Monday. Edinburgh's countless tourists were enjoying/enduring sweltering temperatures while down a flight of stairs on Chambers Street the basement Jazz Bar offered some relief from the burning sun. On this, the final day of this year's Fringe Festival, Nick Gould brought in JazzMain to play a mid-afternoon Dexter Gordon set. 

No time to lose at a Fringe gig - one hour, hit the ground running and, as Gordon himself would have said...Go! Straight in with Sticky Wicket. Steve Grossart at the Jazz Bar's Yamaha piano put down a marker on You Stepped Out of a Dream with bassist Iain Harkness stepping up and Kevin Dorrian covering everything behind the traps as JazzMain's main man, tenor saxophonist Nick Gould, took on the challenge of doing justice to the music of the quartet's subject, the legendary Dexter Gordon. 

The American left behind a vast amount of material for tenor players like Gould to work with and on a one hour gig like this tough choices had to be made. From You Stepped Out of Dream to Darn That Dream, JazzMain held the attention of an attentive Fringe audience. Mrs. Miniver again showcased Grossart's fine 'old school' piano playing and again on a couple of Latin treatments including Catalonian Nights

The Dexter Gordon years on Blue Note and Prestige featured alongside SteepleChase cuts and, as Gould remarked, he simply had to play Cheese Cake from Go! In doing so our tenor saxophonist observed that the Van Gelder Studio recording was made on August 27, 1962...all of one day short of exactly fifty eight years ago! Back then it was Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins working with Gordon, here at the Jazz Bar Messrs Grossart, Harkness and Dorrian gave sterling support to Gould. 

The hour was just about up as JazzMain wound up with Soy Califa from a favourite Dexter Gordon album of Gould's, A Swingin' Affair (Gould's diligent pre-gig research noted the Blue Note recording followed two days on - same line-up, same studio - from the Go! session). If your kind of tenor playing is swinging, straight-down-the-middle tenor, then look no further, Nick Gould is your man.    
Russell

1 comment :

Nick Gould (on F/b) said...

Oh wow that was a surprise! Thanks for the review Russell!

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