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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ King's Hall, Newcastle University - October 24

Rob Heron (vocals, guitar); Tim Bloomer (guitar); Tom Cronin (mandolin, harmonica, vocals); Colin Nicholson (accordion, vocals); Ted Harbot (double bass)
(Review by Russell)

A standing-room-only King's Hall welcomed the return of Newcastle University alumni Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra. So full was Armstrong Building's concert hall some sat on the floor in front of the stage. Ten numbers, all written by Heron, (Drinking Coffee Rag co-written with Tom Cronin),  plus an unusual encore, the lunchtime set flew by. 

Bandleader Rob Heron doesn't care what label is attached to the Tea Pad Orchestra - Western swing, blues, country, rock 'n' roll - as long as you understand that they're '100% sincere and 100% immersed in it all'. For three quarters of an hour a capacity audience immersed itself in the music. 

Still Go Honky Tonkin' sang Heron, insisting he had a right to play American music despite hailing from the other side of the Atlantic. Songs about love - Holy Moly (I'm in Love Again); a song about drinking - Drinking Coffee Rag; a piece of jump-jive gibberish, a la Louis Jordan - Cats and Chickens; a rockabilly-style timely political reminder about taxes and rent and going after the one percent; a song from student days in the form of a jazz standard 'utilising the circle of fifths chord progression' - Hot Bath, the set list kept things moving, never a dull moment.

Heron's vocals referenced the Americana tradition (Woody Guthrie, a plaintive Hank Williams, the tomfoolery of Louis Jordan) as his Tea Pad band mates covered the waterfront - the aforementioned Western swing, blues, country, rock 'n' roll and a nod to Hot Club-esque jazz. The musicianship spot on - guitarist Tim Bloomer mightily impressive, Tom Cronin's mandolin at times doubling up as a Hot Club rhythm guitar, accordionist Colin Nicholson adding an exotic twist to the Tea Pad's heady brew and Ted Harbot's slap-bass anchorage - the King's Hall roared its approval. 

To conclude a thoroughly entertaining afternoon the Tea Pad Orchestra returned to the stage to play an encore. Heron informed the audience that if he had brought a capo with him he would have gone out on a yodelling song. Quick as a flash someone in the front row leapt up and produced a capo from a coat pocket. Heron's eyes lit up. Taking loan of the capo he dismissed the band, its work done for the day. The Tea Pad's main man, good to his word, went out yodelling! 
Russell

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