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OCTOBER

THURSDAY 1

Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

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Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00 -10:00pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish. CANCELLED! Back on October 8

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk.

FRIDAY 2

Smoove & Turrell (Unplugged) - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 7:00pm (6:00pm doors). £25.00. Limited capacity, book at www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk. SOLD OUT!

Lee Bates - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm-10:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity. A Blind Pig Blues Club event.

SATURDAY 3

Emma Wilson Blues Band - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop.

SUNDAY 4

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Gerry Richardson Quintet - The Globe, Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7DN. 8:00pm. Limited capacity, in the first instance register for the live stream (£5.45.) at: www.jazzcoop. The band’s 25th anniversary celebrations!

Thursday, March 05, 2020

BBC Big Band @ The Gala Theatre, Durham - March 4

(By Russell)

The British jazz scene has its share of fine big bands and the BBC Big Band stands comparison with the best of them. MD Barry Forgie has been running the outfit for more than thirty years and one or two members of the band have also been around for a long time. Some of the band are relative newcomers but all share one thing in common - they're the tops! Durham's Gala Theatre filled up nicely ahead of the down beat and as the show's publicity suggested it was to be an evening of the music of 'Swing Legends'. 

The Dorseys, Hampton, Miller, Basie, Ellington, Kenton to dangerously modern Gordon Goodwin, the BBC Big Band handled the varied material with ease. Trumpeters Mike Lovatt and Martin Shaw were called down to the front of the stage to stand in the spotlight - first Lovatt (fresh from a stupendous gig with the Strictly Smokin' Big Band at Sage Gateshead) to recreate Harry James' 1941 hit You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) then Shaw playing flugelhorn from a transcription of Stan Kenton's version of Lush Life

During the evening Barry Forgie offered a few anecdotes including the fact that many of Kenton's original charts have long been lost which prompted some dedicated individuals to painstakingly transcribe parts of otherwise fairly familiar material. Our MD forewarned the Miller fans present that there would be an excursion into Dizzy bop territory. Good! The rhythm section flew - pianist Tom Gibbs dazzled with bassist Jeremy Brown a towering presence alongside the brilliant big band drumming of Tom Gordon. Hamp's Flying Home featured vibes man Anthony Kerr and after a couple of hours of non-stop action MD Forgie thought they couldn't go without playing Basie's signature tune - One O'Clock Jump.  
Russell       

BBC Big Band: Barry Forgie MD; ?, Mike Lovatt, Andy Greenwood, Martin Shaw (trumpets); Jacob Cooper, ?, Gordon Campbell, Richard Henry (trombones); ?, Munch Manship, Colin Skinner, Sammy Mayne, ? (reeds); Chris Allard (guitar); Anthony Kerr (vibes); Tom Gibbs (piano); Jeremy Brown (double bass); Tom Gordon (drums) 

1 comment :

Patti said...

Another excellent review from BSH - and this was one of those gigs, for sure! I'm reminded though, from the comment about Glenn Miller - how many jazzers will know about his hot trombone on that late 1920's Mound City Blue Blowers' record - Hello Lola! Hot trombone from Mr Miller, and storming hotter than hot sax break from a certain Coleman Hawkins. Incidentally, this was one of that old sage Philip Larkin's all-time favourite jazz recordings!

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