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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 15, 2019

Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ The Lit & Phil - Nov 15


 Jo Harrop (vocals); Jamie McCredie (guitar)
(Review by Russell)

Over the last decade or so, Jo Harrop has been a frequent visitor to her native north east to perform intimate duo gigs to large scale concert engagements. In contrast, Jamie McCredie hasn't played a jazz gig on home turf during that time. Vocalist Jo and guitarist Jamie live and work in London and this Lit & Phil lunchtime engagement was a first opportunity for a Tyneside audience to hear them working as a duo.

The one o'clock, one hour set turned out to be one of those 'extra seating' gigs such was the demand to catch Jo and Jamie's performance. A list of no fewer than fifteen tunes to work their way through, it was unlikely that all of them would make the cut. Old Devil Moon for starters - perfect, Jo sensational as always, Jamie outstanding. Ten years on, just how good was/is Jamie? We remembered him as a fine guitarist, perhaps we forgot/didn't take into account how much better he'd become over the last decade. 

TenderlyYou'd Be So Nice to Come Home To, the Ralph Burns/Woody Herman (Johnny Mercer lyrics) seasonally apposite Early Autumn, each and every number Jo pitch-perfect, Jamie endlessly inventive, the Lit & Phil audience attuned to every subtle shift, every nuance. 

Jobim's Once I Loved temporarily lifted the autumn gloom before we got to the heart of Jo and Jamie's set. Two numbers - Ain't Got Nothin' but the Blues followed by In the Wee Small Hours (David Mann/Bob Hilliard) - were as good as you'll hear. Jo can sing a blues, Jamie can play a blues - superb stuff. And then In the Wee Small Hours - Jo told the story of David Mann's son hearing Jo and Jamie perform the song and getting in touch to say his father would have loved their version. How good is that?!

Sure enough, time was pressing and one or two numbers fell by the wayside. Tom Waits' Take it with Me was retained, similarly What a Little Moonlight Can Do (with some rather shy audience participation). At five minutes to two our duo signed off with Victor Young's My Foolish Heart. If the art of jazz singing and immaculate jazz guitar playing is remotely your thing then do yourself a favour - the next time Jo Harrop and Jamie McCredie are in town make sure you're there, you'll be in for a treat.

If you're quick you could catch them tonight at Holy GrAle on Crossgate Durham. It's a 7:30pm start, eight pounds on the door. Please note the basement venue is on the small side, arrive in good time or you won't get in!    
Russell

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