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Postage

16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Curated set list, all welcome.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: TBC @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

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, Michael Mather.

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.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery - August 17

(Review by Lance/Photos of musicians courtesy of Malcolm Sinclair - LINK).

A Newcastle Jazz Festival - what's not to like? I'm fortunate, or maybe unfortunate, to be old enough to remember the fantastic festivals organised by my dear friend Andy Hudson where Art Pepper, George Melly, Barney Kessel and many others graced the then University Theatre. Those were indeed halcyon days but, to compare today's festival with those that took place  back then - as has been done elsewhere - defeats the object entirely.

Although without the clout of previous big name sponsors it could, nevertheless,  be argued that on a pound for pound basis this matched any festival - either side of the river.


Like all great festivals there was something for everyone and the only folk leaving were those who nipped out to the pizza pop-ups outside - they came back - our mouths were watering until we too succumbed! 

But, what am I doing rambling on about pizza? My friend is allergic to cheese! "No problem madam, we can serve without cheese."

A pizza without cheese may sound like Romeo without Juliet or Bonnie without Clyde but, take it from me - from now on cheese is off the menu when it comes to having a pizza.

The music. I don't know if it was the acoustics, but this barn like structure didn't do any harm at all and Zoë Gilby in her duo set with Andy Champion sounded fantastic. Our girl is nominated in the Jazz Vocal Cat. of this year's APPJAG awards - nip down to the bookies and put a couple of quid on but don't double it with Toon winning the Premier League.

The Alan Law Trio followed. Perhaps the most underrated jazz piano man on Tyneside, Alan has the edge on so many of his contemporaries - dynamics! He can take a piece from ppp to fff and return it once his point has been made, Crescendo and Diminuendo are his middle names!

Contrast is what makes any festival and the Mark Williams Trio certainly upped the ante in that respect. This wasn't Walker - it was Woodstock Forty Years After! Alvin Lee, Black Sabbath, Williams, Walker (Rob) and Pope.


Did I say contrast? With Emma Fisk and James Birkett you got it! Anyone who thought the 1920s' swing of Emma and James might pall after the heavy metal thrash of the previous set soon dismissed those thoughts - A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - maybe the highlight of the afternoon - maybe - when you open a box of chocolates can you make such a decision? Suffice to say that Emma and James weren't the coffee creams but the ones you grab first - apologies to those who like coffee creams!

Could anyone follow this? Back in the old days it may have been Ronnie Scott or James Moody but, with those two sax aces being taken suddenly dead it was left to Alexander Bone to rise to the challenge and, as he was the inaugural winner of the BBC Jazz Musician of the Year award, I could think of none better. He didn't fail. With the audience in mind, he made no attempt to push the boundaries but played driving hard bop alto. A guy sitting at a nearby table wore a Blue Note tee shirt - he must have gone home a happy man! Dean Stockdale, Mick Shoulder and Matt MacKellar - what a back three! YouTube clip from James Nesbitt.

Special mention also to the heroes of the hour. Michael Lamb and Jamie Toms took to the stage with Strictly Smokin' Big Band and, even if they hadn't blown a note they would have received a standing ovation just for promoting this well-organised event. As it turned out, the whole band gave the audience a 'standing ovation' - the crowd had commandeered all the chairs so that with the exception of piano and drums the band stood. It didn't effect the playing or the vocals from Alice Grace. This was a fitting end to what had been a great day - roll on next year.

I've attached a couple of crowd shots taken in between sets just to give an idea of the occasion.
Lance.
PS: as I left after the penultimate set - having perhaps taken my bucket to the well once too often - the sad thought that crossed my mind was how much the late Margaret Barnes would have loved this memorable day...

Link to photos by Malcolm Sinclair.

Zoë Gilby (vocals); Andy Champion (double bass).

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums).

Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass guitar); Russ Morgan (drums).

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett (guitar).

Alexander Bone (alto sax); Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Matt MacKellar (drums).

Michael Lamb (MD), Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); John Flood Kieran Parnaby, Chris Kurgi-Smith, Mark Ferris (trombones); Steve Summers, Niall Armstrong, Jamie Toms,  Dave Kerridge, Laurie Rangecroft (reeds); Graham Don (piano); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); Michael Whent (bass guitar); Guy Swinton (drums); Alice Grace (vocals).

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