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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sun 10: Tusk X Yeah You @ Live Theatre, Newcastle. 12 noon. £10.00. All day event, line-up inc. Pat Thomas.
Sun 10: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Rendezvous Jazz (12 noon); River City Jazzmen (1:35pm); House of the Black Gardenia (3:10pm); Classic Swing (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.
Sun 10 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 10: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Saltwell Park, Gateshead NE9 5AX. 1:00pm.
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 10: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazzframe @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 11: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 11: Central Bar Quintet plays Chet Baker Sings @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance featuring Pete Tanton + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 12: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.
Tue 12: Harry Keeble Quartet @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Ben Gilbert Trio @ The Globe - Dec 7

Ben Gilbert (piano); Elliot Roffe (double bass); John Arnesen (drums)
(Review by Russell)

The Blofeld Experiment, Extreme Measures, that was more than a decade ago, since when Ben Gilbert relocated to London and more recently set up home in Leeds. Earlier in the day our pianist conducted a successful Jazz Co-op workshop at Sage Gateshead before meeting up with Elliot Roffe and John Arnesen to play a debut trio gig at Jazz Co-op HQ on Railway Street in Newcastle. 

The hordes descended on Railway Street (most of them making their way to the Arena!) and by eight o'clock a jazz crowd had taken its seats in the Globe's first floor performance space. Cole Porter's (You'd be so) Easy to Love introduced the trio; sparkling swing time, waltz time, bassist Elliot Roffe's solo instantly confirming his A-list credentials, similarly John Arnesen's hugely impressive drumming taking it out. Quite a start! Richard Rodgers, Kenny Wheeler, Wayne Shorter, Ben Gilbert had put together a choice set list, Shorter's Backstage Sally from the reedsman's days with the Jazz Messengers particularly effective with another fine contribution from Arnesen. Bandleader Gilbert chose to close the first set with an original composition - A Beautiful Summer. The Bad Plus and EST sprung to mind. 
   
Second set: Miles Davis' take on Frank Loesser's If I Were A Bell opened the show and what a show it turned out to be! A real swinger it was and a favourite tune followed - Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments. No horn arrangement, of course, but all three musicians - Gilbert, Roffe and Arnesen - pitched in with excellent solos. Time for a bop era standard - Monk's In Walked Bud. An evocative title if ever there was one - imagine TS Monk on stage at the Five Spot and the man walks in! Gilbert clearly likes Wayne Shorter's compositions, our pianist choosing Infant Eyes from Speak No Evil.  

As closing time loomed Gilbert thanked band mates Roffe and Arnesen for their sterling efforts and the Jazz Co-op's attentive audience for turning out on a mid winter evening. Drummer Jeff Hamilton's Gina's Groove set up a most musical of musical bass 'n' drums conversations with Gilbert clearly happy with how things had gone. It had been an excellent evening of GASbook to contemporary jazz...just imagine how the trio will sound with a couple of dozen gigs under its belt!         
Russell.

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