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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Thu 22: Olly Styles (saxophone): Stage 2 recital @ The Music Sudios, Newcastle University. 10:00am. Free, all welcome.
Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Baghdaddies @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Tenement Jazz Band @ The Jazz Bar (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) - August 26


John Youngs (banjo, guitar, vocals); Charles Dearness (trumpet); Paddy Darley (trombone); Tom Pickles (soprano sax, alto sax); Doug Kemp (string bass)   
(Review by Russell)

Fully half an hour before the five thirty start the queue snaked up Chambers Street - and that was the queue for lucky ticket holders, those walking up on the day formed a secondary queue with no guarantee of getting in. Yes, the Tenement Jazz Band's final gig at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival was one of 2019's hot tickets.

Seven Tenement Jazz Band Fringe gigs down with one to go, Jazz Bar staff set out additional seating to meet the expected demand and, sure enough, as the five piece outfit stomped-off with At a Georgia Camp Meeting, the Chambers Street venue was thinking about turning away latecomers. John Youngs (banjo, guitar) did the talking for the Edinburgh based outfit, often seeking clarification on matters pertaining to recording dates, personnel and the like from band mates, in particular the band's early jazz historian, trombonist Paddy Darley.


Little more than eighteen months on from first forming then quickly recording and releasing a fine EP (New Orleans Wiggle) the Tenements' meteoric rise continues apace. This being the Fringe the audience comprised visitors from America, the Middle East and beyond who, without question, knew and loved the jazz they were listening (and dancing) to. Lew Pollack's That's A Plenty couldn't have been hotter. It was hot up on the street, down in the Jazz Bar the jazz was absolutely red hot! 

The band's trumpeter, Charles 'Chuck' Dearness, had been out the night before celebrating his birthday. If he was nursing a hangover it didn't show as Youngs teased him, suggesting he might struggle to cope with taking on the roles (plural!) of King Oliver and Louis Armstrong on Canal Street Blues. No pressure, said Youngs! Dearness can play alright, as can all of the band with 'bone man Darley doing a more than passable impression of Kid Ory on Savoy Blues

String bass man Doug Kemp picked up his bow to conjure a sousaphone-like sound on a superb Chocolate Avenue (to evoke the period think Clarence Williams and the Hershey chocolate empire) and, as with all great gigs - and this was a great Tenement Jazz Band gig - time flew. If only there could have been a second set but the band had to get out on time with the next act waiting at the bar ready to set up and go. As the Tenements neared the end of a memorable set - a set billed, accurately, as The Red Hot Roots of Jazz - Tom Pickles (soprano and alto sax) provided the icing on the cake on Weary Blues.                   
Russell

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