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13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...

October

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 04: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 04: Yussef Dayes Experience @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 04: Nishla Smith Quintet @ Bobik’s, Punch Bowl, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 04: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Thu 04: After Hours Jazz Jam with Jason Holcomb @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 04: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 04: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sunday Jazz @ Middlesbrough Town Hall, afternoon session - October 27.

Tommy Smith (tenor sax); Brian Kellock (piano).
(Review by Lance).

The sat-nav wasn't navving so, even though the Town Hall's tower was in sight, it may as well have been in Redcar. By the time I'd given up the idea of on-street parking and found my way into the 24-hour lot above the shopping mall, I'd missed the duo set by APPJAG nominated vocalist Zoë Gilby and Andy Champion. However, I did make it in time for a humdinger of a set from Smith and Kellock.

They opened up with a solo from Smith on a steaming version of Without a Song that, had we been on the planet Mercury, would have lasted three days but in Earth time a mere ten minutes or so. If, back in the day, Tommy  had been blowing first pikestaff for William Wallace at Falkirk it would be HRH Nicola the First today. As it is, the present resident at Buck House remains on the throne although more on that later, in the evening.

Fellow warrior, Kellock, delighted on piano his style undefinable, he's incorporporated them all from stride, to swing, to bebop and beyond. Together the pair served up a dish to diminish the hunger pains (no food!)

Paris Blues, from the film of the same name, was nice and relaxed, On Green Dolphin St. wasn't relaxed but it was powerful. Alfie was really what it's all about - a moment of beauty.

To finish we had Bernie's Tune with an intro that wouldn't have been out of place on Tiger Rag! Some rollicking stride piano from Brian of which more would be heard later.
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Gwylim Simcock (solo piano).

Simcock had the difficult task of following the dynamic duo but he comes in from a different direction with his own distinctive style which merges jazz, classical and maybe a few other genres. 

The pianist spoke at length about his compositions – see photo, he ain’t singing – which made for better understanding of the format. Much of the set comprised originals he'd dedicated to other contemporary pianists such as Billy Childs (Beautiful is Our Moment), Brad Meldhau (Before the Eloquent Hour) and Alberto Gismonti (Many Worlds Away). Non-originals included Kenny Wheeler’s Everyone’s Song But My Own and a beautiful My One and Only Love with, as an encore, How Deep is the Ocean? that, for me, was the highlight.
Lance

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