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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...

May

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: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. 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: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 11:00am. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
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: 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.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Jam Session @ The Black Swan - October 1

(Review by Russell)

The first jam session since the student freshers' week and few, if any, showed. Perhaps their heads were buried in course text books. They'll catch on, this is the one night they shouldn't miss! Most of the regulars were there, usual seats, ready for some action.

The house trio - Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger and Tim Johnston - got things under way with On Green Dolphin Street. It didn't take long for the first of the sitters-in to join the party. Harry Keeble blew tenor on a couple including In a Sentimental Mood. Commanding tenor saxophone, the house trio offering sterling support, the recently graduated Keeble is a star in the making. 

Teessider Jan Spencelayh is an always welcome visitor to the Black Swan session and for starters sang All the Things You Are followed by Bye Bye Blackbird with a measured first verse. Jan would later return to the stand with an old friend to sing some more. 

Tenor saxophonist George Sykes, sporting a new hair cut, worked in tandem with 'bone maestro David Gray on God Bless the Child - excellent, the first of the evening's many highlights.

His Africa sojourn at an end, pianist Joel Brown is back on the scene. He called a  seasonally appropriate Autumn Leaves with John Pope giving Main Man Grainger the chance to go to the bar and Abbie Finn spelling Tim Johnston. Harry Keeble couldn't resist adding his tenor to the mix suggesting ESP. Good call with young Joel all over it! 

At a given juncture the fortnightly jam session invariably becomes an ever more dizzying cast of A-list guests - Adam Sams got up (his snazzy Gibson didn't go unnoticed) and took a look at Doxy, Sykes came back for more, likewise Showtime. Don't you just love jam sessions?! 

Jan Spencelayh sang some more - At Last  a winner - with Stu Collingwood once again at the piano. And then, the moment arrived...Bob Caswell said hello to his old pal Stu before proceeding with another in his vocal masterclass series. Nature Boy oozed class, a class act is Mr Caswell. As Ray Burns hovered in the wings a treat of treats pitched Jan with Bob. Their rendition of Every Time We Say Goodbye stole the show, simply tremendous! 
Russell
Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums) +  Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Jan Spencelayh (vocals);  George Sykes (tenor sax); David Gray (trombone); John Pope (double bass); Joel Brown ( piano); Abbie Finn (drums);  Bob Caswell (vocals); ? (drums); Adam Sams (guitar); Michael Mather (drums); Ray Burns (harmonica)

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