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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Mon 08: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 08: Central Bar Quintet plays John Jenkins with Kenny Burrell @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance (featuring Giles Strong) + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 09: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Katy Trigger, King David Ike-Elechi.
Tue 09: Abbie Finn Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Alice Grace-Jordan Alfonso Quintet @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham, Newcastle - Nov 21


Alice Grace (vocals); Jordan Alfonso (alto & tenor saxophones); Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Russ Morgan (drums)
 (Review by Russell)

Winter, church, take a pew. Freezing isn't the word! A bottle of Old Speckled Hen, a prompt start. A debut performance by the Alice Grace-Jordan Alfonso Quintet attracted a sizeable crowd. Many of those present hadn't heard Alfonso play, they were in for a treat.

Chick Corea, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Victor Young...none of them could make it to St James' and St Basil's Church but their collective songbook did. You're Everything (comp Corea), Joy Spring (comp Brown, lyrics Jon Hendricks) featuring Alice Grace's joyful vocals, a warming Black Coffee, the Fenham Hall Drive audience liked what it was hearing. 


Mr Alfonso is a familiar, welcome face on the jam session scene and here at J's & B's, as the venue is known, he stepped up as featured soloist alongside Ms Grace. Our alto and tenor saxophonist confessed he doesn't get the chance to play many jazz gigs so this engagement was something of an early Christmas present for him. Switching between alto and tenor saxophones JA did all that was required without grandstanding. Little Sunflower and A Night in Tunisia concluded a good first set.

Pat Metheny's Bright Size Life opened the second half. Alfonso's tenor suitably warmed up he upped his game on Weaver of Dreams. Anything our reedsman could do our vocalist Alice Grace could do too with a marvellous reading of Blame it on My Youth. The rhythm section (suitably togged up to ward off the cold) - Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Russ Morgan - had its moments, particularly pianist Collingwood on On the Street Where You Live. It's a keen jazz fan who is prepared to sit all evening in the cold, here in Fenham a hardy bunch did just that. 
Russell

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