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Postage

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

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: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
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.

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.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

SSBB News.

Watching the John Wilson Prom celebrating the film music that came out of the Warner Brothers studios from the 1930s onwards I couldn't fail to be impressed by the trumpet playing of Mike Lovatt and my first reaction was to think we need to hear more of this ace player.

Then, guess what? Alice Grace posts on Facebook announcing that this very same Mike Lovatt is appearing with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band at Sage Gateshead on February 29 next year. Put it in your diary now - last year's concert with Mark Nightingale was a sell-out and this one will be too - bank on it.

Incidentally, the John Wilson Prom was brilliant which will be of some comfort to those disappointed that he won't be making his annual visit to the Gateshead venue this year - listen here.
Lance

5 comments :

Liz said...

Yes I knew about Mike Lovett's gig in February from when I scanned the Sage upcoming events. He was superb, as were them all. It was 2 hours plus of sheer magic. Matt Ford, who can sing anything, sad, happy, romantic, he did it all. I especially liked his "Days of wine & roses". He has a sincerity about him. I must mention the Maida Vale singers, they just enjoy themselves so much. .The whole ensemble was a total credit to our man JW, a Gateshead lad, who takes his place beside the best in the world. He deserves his "year out" after a decade of Proms. We eagerly await his return at next year's Royal Albert Hall

NeilC said...

I concur , I missed the Prom live but I was so anxious to see it I watched it on catch up until 3 am on Saturday morning it was absolutely stunning and so enjoyable. I thought all of the singers were excellent but agree about Matt Ford. He was outstanding and his rendition of 76 Trombones from the Music Man was comedic and so well delivered, you could see he totally enjoyed delivering it .Mr Wilson is at the top of his game, his attention to detail is second to none . It is testimony to his skill and dedication that there is a queue of accomplished musicians who change their holiday plans to ensure they can play in his annual Prom .

NeilC said...

I was walking past Hoochie Coochie and spotted an advert for Claire Martin and the Strictly Smokin Big Band playing there in October. Are they the same or different version of the band, with Claire Martin as a guest or is this indeed Claire Martin's band , which just happens to have the same name . Apologies for my lack of knowledge in advance. Here is the link to the gig for anyone who is interested:-

https://www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk/event/claire-martin-the-strictly-smoking-big-band

Lance said...

Yes Neil it's the one and only SSBB with the one and only Claire Martin as guest vocalist. Over the years, SSBB and Hoochie have combined to book internationally acclaimed vocalists to appear with the band.
These have included Joe Stilgoe, Polly Gibbons, Hailey Tuck and now, perhaps the greatest coup of all, Claire Martin O.B.E.

NeilC said...

Thank you for clarifying Lance, I guess we will be hotfooting along there for tickets which I assume will sell like hot cakes . I imagine Mike Lovett won't be guesting but it will not detract in any shape or form from the quality of this gig

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