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15229 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 248 of them this year alone and, so far, 61 this month (March 20).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). Note change of venue - this week only.
Wed 22: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00-6:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcasatle. From 6:30pm 'til late. Free. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Thu 23: Kerrin Tatman + John Garner & John Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Sunna Gunnlaugs & Julia Hülsmann @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm. A two-piano gig. A Sage Gateshead-JNE promotion.
Thu 23: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano.
Thu 23: Sleep Suppressor @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00., £8.00. adv. Upstairs.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Mo' Better Blues @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.
Fri 24: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Scarth Hall, Staindrop, Co. Durham. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 24: Archipelago + Bulbils @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Vermont Big Band @ Walker Community Centre, Walker, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Fundraiser for Benfield Juniours Football Club. Hot food available, BYOB.
Sat 25: John Logan & Friends @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Rat Pack, Motown etc. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Outlines @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 28: Sanaz Lavasani Trio @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv).

Sunday, March 08, 2020

The Tenement Jazz Band @ Prohibition Bar - Mar 8

John Youngs (banjo, vocals); Charles Dearness (trumpet); Paddy Darley (trombone); Stephen Feast (clarinet, tenor sax); Doug Kemp (string bass) + Lachlan Fotheringham (clarinet)
(Review by Russell)

Canal Street Blues opened the show, rooting the performance in the New Orleans of a century ago. The Tenement Jazz Band motored north, stopping off in Newcastle to play a final gig on the band's tour then on to Edinburgh for a short break before hitting the road again across Scotland. 

Dusty RagCopenhagen, a John Youngs' vocal on Louisiana Fairytale, clearly the Tenements were demob happy. Milenberg Joys, Sun Ra's Chocolate Avenue (that's composer Herman Poole Blount before he took up residence on Saturn), a nod to Freddie Keppard courtesy of Charles (Chuck) Deerness' fine lead on Stock Yards Strut. The band's new boy, clarinetist Stephen Feast (in age he's got a few more miles on the clock than the young guns in the band), featured on Petite Fleur and hearing it one more time did no harm. New Orleans Wiggle, the eponymous track from the Tenements' all-but-sold-out debut EP, closed out an excellent first set. 

At the start of the second set Newcastle based medic, and friend of the Tenements, Lachlan Fotheringham joined the band to play a couple of numbers including Bogalusa Strut (another cut from New Orleans Wiggle). Lachlan, sitting alongside fellow reedsman Stephen, engaged in a contrasting two-clarinet joust - excellent stuff! Lachlan stayed on as banjo playing frontman John Youngs sang Blue Drag. A request (there's always one!) - South from the Moten band - found new boy Feast switching to tenor sax and, surprise, surprise, he proved to be no slouch on it!

Jelly Roll Morton's New Orleans Bump (Feast and Dearness soloing), then, to sign off, Weary Blues. The Tenements, nominally marshalled by the superb trombonist (and erstwhile employee here at Prohibition Bar) Paddy Darley, are the band of the moment. A new album is in the pipeline, be sure to catch them and it next time they're in town. 


Lance said...

Sounds to have been a good session - wish I could have made it. Were any of our local trad people there?

Patti said...

Oh yes, indeed, Lance - it was a hot and stomping session! There were a few musicians on the local scene listening too, jazzers and a top blues man - plus one promoter was spotted.

Russell said...

Yes, Brian C, Dave K and Phil R. Also, up from Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club, the Sams. Incidentally, yesterday Red Stripe drew a large crowd to St Augustine's. Later in the month (Sat 28) from France it is Mama Shakers.

John Youngs said...

Thanks Russell!
Was a great afternoon, we had a lovely time as always at prohibition.
See you all again soon!

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