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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

Sat 25-Sun 26: Harambee Pasadia Festival @ The Hub, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD. www.harambeepasadiafestival.com. Line-up inc. Kevin Haynes Groupo Elegua, Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective, Knats. Tickets from £20.00. adult, £10.00. teen (12-17).
Sat 25: Wild Women of Wylam @ Daniel Farm, Wylam. 7:00pm. £20.00. (inc. food).
Sat 25: Julija Jacenaite @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Elliot Galvin Trio @ Sage Gateshead - October 27

Elliot Galvin (piano); Tom McCredie (bass); Corrie Dick (drums)  
(Review by Steve H)

The first time I saw the Elliot Galvin Trio was just over 4 years ago at The Lit and Phil. Then, the audience was pitifully small and, on entering the Sage’s Hall 2 I had a worrying feeling of déjà vu.  However, all good things come to those who wait and by the time the trio emerged on stage a healthy crowd had built up. Unlike the previous occasion when a variety of different instrument were employed (toy piano, homemade melodeon, glockenspiels etc.) the evening’s performance featured just the classic piano, double bass, drums trio format providing a purely acoustic set.

The first piece performed seemed to encompass a variety of styles and went on unbroken for at least 20 minutes. This was then explained by Galvin at its conclusion - the band’s latest album Modern Times had been recorded straight to vinyl at a studio in Haarlem (The Netherlands not New York) and recorded in one take per side. So in effect we had just been treated to virtually the entire first side of the album.

This was followed by an almost classical piece Fountainhead inspired by a now extinct birds mating call. The piece was poignant and so melancholic that the person sitting next to me whispered ‘with a mating call like that no wonder it died out’.  

The playing from all 3 musicians was exemplary they seemed to be completely in sync with one another and I particularly enjoyed Tom McCredie’s percussive use of the bass. Galvin seems equally comfortable playing blues, swing, classical and is technically superb. It was good to see Corrie Dick again.  He has visited Tyneside on numerous occasions with various band and always produces.

The music, though improvised, is accessible to all. Plenty of ideas abound but there is always enough melody and structure there to keep the ‘straight a header’ happy whilst keeping the ‘free heads’ engaged.

At the end of the gig the audience seemed thoroughly enamoured with the night’s performance a very enjoyable Sunday night indeed.
Steve H

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