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Tuesday November 19

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm - 3:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jazz Jam: Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra - Dun Cow, Brandling Village, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 4RS. Tel: 0191 338 7981. 7:00pm. Free. All sitters-in welcome.

Acoustic Infusion & Somethin’ Blue - Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm (doors 7:00pm). £5.00.

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 819845. 8:00pm. £4.00. Featuring Jim McBriarty on sax, clarinet and vocals.

Sarathy Korwar - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461.8:00pm. £11.40.

Blues/Soul/Folk etc.

Dan Owen - Old Cinema Launderette, Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX. 8:30pm. £12.00. + £1.20. bf.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

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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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
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