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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: King Bees @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party @ Village Hotel - Nov.3

Sunday evening - Nov.3
(Review by Russell)

Close on three hundred people had foregone sleep to ensure they caught every last minute of an exhausting but hugely enjoyable festival. Beginning late night Thursday with the annual 'welcome concert', the Classic Jazz Party was about to hear the bell for a thrilling Sunday evening last lap.

Andy Schumm is the nearest living, breathing approximation of Bix Beiderbecke and sought to emulate his hero as he entertained the Classic Jazz Party's audience with a half hour piano Professor set. Yes, Schumm, just like Bix, could play the piano! Bix's men - Arthur Schutt and Frank Signorelli - featured in the set alongside two or three of Schumm's own compositions, one of which, he conceded, wasn't exactly jazz!  

The following set presented by Morten Gunnar Larsen was an ambitious undertaking - Music of the German Weimar Republic. Norwegian Gunnar Larsen is an authority on the period - the years following WWI up to the rise to power of a nondescript Chancellor and subsequent Führer of Germany. Sixty minutes of decadence, Kurt Weill's cabaret of defiance and immaculate playing from all concerned held the audience rapt. 

Pianist Gunnar Larsen teamed up with Claus Jacobi to work on an engrossing programme. Largely downbeat rather than hot, cellist Penny Callow provided pathos sitting alongside fellow north of England star, Emma Fisk, violin. At times trumpeters Mike Davis and Torstein Kubban blew in subdued manner, Richard Pite read Jacobi's transcriptions for tuba and string bass and the usually ebullient Josh Duffee sat respectfully behind the traps reading the dots as Joan Viskant's vocals evoked the period. 

Claus Jacobi directed a brief set looking at Django Reinhardt, Ellington, Benny Carter and others. Guitarists Félix Hunot and Henry Lemaire relished the material as did Spats Langham also playing guitar in an Anglo Saxes vs French Guitars - the saxophones on this occasion being Lars FrankMichael McQuaid, leader Jacobi, David Horniblow and Matthias Seuffert.

The CJP was entering the home straight. 9:30 at night, time to bring on Spats and his Hot Combination. Tom Langham's record collection is probably like no other. The Al Bowlly fan likes Ukulele Ike, he can sing Bing and this set looked at a variety of small combos. Helping Langham were Emma Fisk (the pair often work together on sets), Duke Heitger, the hugely impressive Lars FrankMorten Gunnar Larsen and CJP favourite Malcolm Sked, tuba and string bass.

The big guns were wheeled out for the festival finale. Michael McQuaid led a stupendous farewell surrounded by MazuriéHeitger and Tomasso, trumpets, Alistair Allan and Graham Hughes, trombones, Seuffert and Horniblow the reeds alongside McQuaid, the man from New Orleans David Boeddinghaus, piano, Hunot, banjo and guitar, fellow Frenchman Lemaire on string bass and drummer Richard Pite. Ellington and Cab Calloway featured in McQuaid's Mills Blue Rhythm Band. It swung, it really did. Time to go...to the bar for a Classic Jazz Party jam session finale like no other! 

Sunday Night Pub Jam - would anyone dip out? Nope! Musicians by the score, punters by three score and ten (and more!) made for the bar, bagged a seat, stood at the bar, ready for the jam session to end all jam sessions. American Andy Schumm, cornet, called on his USA buddies Dave Bock, trombone and piano ace Andrew Oliver to get things going at eleven and from there on in the best part of twenty musicians had a blow (the finale numbering at least seventeen!). Lars Frank was there from the off, Phil Rutherford played the first hour on tuba, Nick Ward opened behind the traps and Joan Viskant wowed the packed room. 

The beer flowed, dancers did their thing and one after another the crème de la crème stepped up for a blow. In no particular order, and it's by no means a comprehensive list, the following had a ball - Stéphane Gillot, Torstein Kubban, Michael McQuaid, Matthias Seuffert, Young Talent Award winner Colin Hancock (pictured), Malo Mazuiré, Josh Duffee, Nick Ward, Nick Ball, Martin Wheatley, Graham Hughes, trombone and vocals, David Boeddinghaus, Enrico Tomasso and the fabulous Analucia Tomasso (pictured), vocals. it was 3:00am when it all finally came to an end. Let's do it again next year. The bookings are already coming in! 
Russell     

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