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Today Thursday February 27

Afternoon.

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Blues, Soul, Funk etc.

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Evening

Jazz

Lindsay Hannon & Mark Williams - Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle NE1 1EE. Tel: 0191 917 7076. 6:00pm. Free.

Lieko - Bobik’s, Punch Bowl Hotel, Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 3JY. Tel: 0191 284 0490. 7:30pm. £8.00. + bf, £5.00. concs + bf. Support TBC.

’58 Jazz Collective - Hops and Cheese, Tower St., Hartlepool TS24 7HH. 7:30pm. Free. Last Thursday in the month residency.

Paul Skerritt Band - The Pennyweight, Bakehouse Hill, Darlington DL1 5QA. Tel: 01325 468411. 8:00pm. Free.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm.

Tees Hot Club w. Gus Smith (vocals); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Ted Pearce (keys) - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 9:00pm. Free.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

The Slim Bees - The Hotspur, Percy St., Newcastle NE1 7RY. Tel: 0191 232 4352. 8:00pm. Free. Acoustic blues set by Scott Taylor & Michael Littlefield. Any donations will go to the under seige peoples of Syria.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Mike Durham's Classic Jazz Party @ Village Hotel - Nov.1


Friday evening - Nov.1
(Review by Russell)

King Oliver, Roy Eldridge, Charlie Shavers, Emmett Berry - cornetists/trumpeters who helped lay the foundations of the music. The iconic figures would figure in a number of the Classic Jazz Party's Friday evening sets in the guise of present day superstars, variously, Andy Schumm, Torstein Kubban, Enrico Tomasso, Malo Mazurié and Duke Heitger. 

The evening began in low key fashion. As CJP-goers filed into the hall the first of this year's three piano Professors went to work. Morten Gunnar Larsen is a concert grand pianist of distinction. A classical background, recording sessions focussing on Storyville rags and stomps, the Norwegian, whose cv includes sharing a stage with Eubie Blake, entertained royally. 


King Oliver - Lincoln Gardens 1923 found Claus Jacobi looking not at Oliver's recordings of 1923 rather specific sessions for Gennett and OKeh in April and June of that year. The CJP is a gathering of aficionados au fait with the 'classic jazz' era, not least Jacobi's subject matter. The German reedsman led a star-studded ensemble - including Andy Schumm, cornet, Torstein Kubban, trumpet, Dave Bock, trombone and pianist Dave Boeddinghaus - from behind his weighty bass saxophone. 

Whenever Enrico Tomasso takes centre stage you can be sure of fireworks and Swing Trumpets lit up the November night sky. Flanked by fellow trumpeters Malo Mazurié and Duke Heitger this was a bravura performance by the Leeds College of Music alumnus. Informative anecdotes about King Oliver, Armstrong, Eldridge and others framed Tomasso's one hour set which, for everyone present could have gone on all night.

Martin Wheatley's The Day Before Jazz required the participation of no fewer than seventeen musicians! Wheatley's banjo/guitar led the ensemble on a voyage of discovery of the pre-Jazz Age years. Wheatley's set called for a string quartet and he looked no further than right here in the north east of England. Emma FiskDawn AllenKay Usher and cellist Penny Callow answered the call and did an outstanding job interpreting the popular music of the Edwardian era. 

It had been an evening, indeed a full day, of excellent 'classic jazz' sets. At eleven o'clock some could have thought about sleeping but not CJP enthusiasts! The Village Hotel's Victory Pub does good business at the best of times but couldn't have anticipated a friendly invasion of jazz fans wanting more. Within minutes of the final set in the ballroom the Victory was packed to the rafters for the first CJP Pub Jam of 2019. Trumpeter Torstein Kubban, a real enthusiast if ever there was one, led an ever changing cast including rising star cornetist Colin Hancock, fellow Americans Dave Bock, trombone, David Boeddinghaus and drummer Josh Duffee, French reedsman Stéphane Gillot and local hero Phil Rutherford dropping anchor on tuba. It started at eleven and before we knew it three in the morning came and went. It would soon be time for a 'Full English' at 7:30am Saturday.   
Russell             

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