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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

Thu 22: Olly Styles (saxophone): Stage 2 recital @ The Music Sudios, Newcastle University. 10:00am. Free, all welcome.
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: Baghdaddies @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
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: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
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.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

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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