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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party @ Village Hotel - November 1 - 3


Sunday Afternoon - Nov. 3
(Review by Lance)

Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party is unique - even six years after Mike’s death it continues to go from strength to strength thanks to Patti Durham and her team of dedicated helpers. Yes it’s unique, not just in the northeast but also in the UK – maybe even in the world.

There’s no shortage of jazz festivals – for that is what this party is - sometimes it seems as though there’s one every week. Less than a month ago we had the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2019 which focused, by and large, on tomorrow’s world.

This past weekend’s extravaganza down at the coast focused on yesterday’s world and yet, such was the enthusiasm and dedication displayed, it came across as very much a part of today’s world.

I only managed a brief visit this year which is somewhat embarrassing as I live but a few miles away and the sold-out party/festival included fans from Scandinavia, USA, Israel, Southampton and Hartlepool.

Likewise, the pool of musicians who performed in a variety of permutations came from equally diverse locations - all steeped in the idiom of the first half of the last century. Most of them are regular visitors and, as such, the fans have their own favourites, For example, when bassist Malcolm Sked’s name is announced the roar from the crowd is second only to that that used to erupt in the Leazes’ End when Alan Shearer put one in the top corner.

The highlight of my short visit was Enrico Tomasso’s tribute to Bunny Berigan. Being au fait with many of the numbers played via a couple of LPs of Bunny's – including the Joe Lipman transcriptions of Bix’s piano pieces – I was delighted at how well they recreated the originals. 

And, of course, no tribute to Berigan can escape without I Can’t Get Started. I’ve probably heard the song 100 times by 100 trumpet players and Enrico’s version didn’t fall short.

Prior to the latter set, Martin Wheatley led a set that took a look at the various dance crazes of the ‘Jazz Age’. To add to the ambience Jonathan and Bridget demonstrated the moves.

The party is back again next year (Oct. 30-Nov. 1) and, already, the bookings are coming in!
Lance

1 comment :

Brian Shine said...

Memorable performance by Enrico and company on that Sunday afternoon, but a very special jam session on that Sunday night that included three playing the drums simultaneously and two on the piano as well and another 17 musicians roared on swinging in what was a magical jam session.

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