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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Year End Jam Session @ The Black Swan - Dec 10

(Review by Russell)

An encouraging full house from the off, an attentive full house, many new faces. Three numbers from tonight's house trio (Mark Williams, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker) - Without a SongTwo for the Road and All the Things You Are - to get things under way. It's been noted many times...Mark Williams is as good a guitarist as any, his harmonic invention a marvel to mere mortals. 

We were to be treated to the Three Tenors in action, no, not that lot, rather the Black Swan's frequent feast of tenor saxophonists out to impress. Tonight, Messrs Keeble, Sykes and Gould blew in turn, supported variously by the house trio and/or a top class supporting cast of sitters-in including drummer Abbie Finn and pianist Joel Brown. 

First up, Harry Keeble. Someday My Prince Will Come, then Sam Rivers' Beatrice (thanks to Harry for naming the tune, sometimes titles elude your reviewer!). HK would be back for more. Next, genial George Sykes. Beautiful Love and, perhaps an unlikely choice, On the Sunny Side of the Street with Rob Walker taking five to allow Abbie Finn to show what she could do. Our third tenor player chose to bide his time...

Well, look who's in - Mr Graham Hardy! It's a rare occasion when GH has a blow at a jam session. What's he going to play? Last Christmas? Well, it's almost Christmas! In Walked Bud - a tune for any time of year not just Christmas. Winter Wonderland? Why not? Whatever the tune Hardy's trumpet playing is the tops. 

Tenor sax number three, all the way from Edinburgh by way of a diversion off the A1, the always swinging Nick Gould never fails to deliver the goods. Was that Everything Happens to Me? Whatever it was it was good stuff with NG given excellent support from up-and-coming pianist Joel Brown and, as ever, fellow tenor player Harry Keeble only too willing to join the party.

Vocalists were thin on the ground until not one, but two, turned up. Indigo Jazz Voice Carrie McCullock impressed singing That Ole Devil Called Love and JJ, that's Julija Jacenaite, insisted we had to make up our minds singing Love Me or Leave Me.

George Sykes departed, he couldn't hang around, leaving the stage to Gould and Keeble to see out the final jam session of the year. Jobim's Meditation. Was that the tune? If not a correction would be welcome. TS Monk is the 'go to' musician to take it out at a jam session. Lots of tunes to choose from, someone called Straight No Chaser. That'll do nicely and off we went, Gould swingin', Keeble chasin'. 

It had been a very good year. We reconvene at eight o'clock on Tuesday 14 January 2020.  
Russell
                      
Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax); George Sykes (tenor sax); Abbie Finn (drums); Graham Hardy (trumpet); Joel Brown (piano), Nick Gould ( tenor sax), Carrie McCullock (vocals); Julija Jacenaite (vocals) 

2 comments :

Abbie said...

Pretty sure the Jobim tune was Desifinado

Brian Shine said...

I second that, it was Desfinado, Abbie can not be wrong after two after eights!

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