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16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...

June

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Sue Ferris Quintet & Mark Williams @ the Black Swan Mezzanine - October 6

Sue Ferris (tenor sax/flute); Graham Hardy (trumpet/flugelhorn); Paul Edis (keys); Paul Susans (bass); Rob Walker (drums).
(Review by Lance)

Back in the mists of time, Wingy Manone used to bill his shows as Come on in and hear the truth! Although the music played by the Sue Ferris Quintet bore no resemblance to the classic 1930's swing of Wingy, that phrase crossed my mind as soon as  the opening bars of Opus de Funk threatened to lift the roof off the packed Mezzanine. 

Trumpet and tenor hit the Horace Silver number on the button before Sue unleashed the gutsiest tenor playing you'll ever hear on a Sunday afternoon in Newcastle - or anywhere! This was one of those solos you didn't want to end! It did but it didn't matter as Graham Hardy picked up the baton and ran with it keeping the temperature at boiling point. Paul Edis did his bit (understatement of the year?) and Walker and Susans were solid.


More Silver with Song For My Father, a samba version of I Could Write a Book that worked and some fancy flutin' on Witchcraft. Graham Hardy arranged/transcribed Roy Hargrove's Soppin' the Biscuit and it was a tasty dish indeed!

Paul Edis, who, up to now, had been content to sit back and knock us sideways with his solos and super support threw another one of his hats into the ring with a six page arrangement of the Mingus classic - Fables of Faubus. It sounded great and the other four coped admirably with the varying changes of tempo.

An Edis original followed, the name of which I didn't quite catch - was it Mikey's Samba? - had Rob Walker going for gold and he got it!

The afternoon closed with Graham's arrangement of One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story. Not your usual flag waving finisher but a sensitive, beautifully delivered ballad.

A tremendous set and, not once did they fall in to the trap of ending a number with a round of fours - fours, these days, are so so passé!

Mark Williams (guitar).

Earlier, when there were still a few seats available, Mark Williams held the audience spellbound with a virtuosic solo set that encompassed the wide range of effects he had at his fingertips or, to be more precise, his toes. Electronic wizardry abounded as he moved from one pedal to another with a dexterity that many a B3 player would be proud of.

Despite all of this technology, it didn't hide the fact that Mark is a master of his craft. His programme comprised mainly originals although Monk's Bemsha Swing did sneak in.

It was a good start to the afternoon.
Lance.
PS: I now hear that Newcastle have beaten Man U!

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