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16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Preview: Newcastle Jazz Festival 2020 (Aug 13-16)

This year's Newcastle Jazz Festival is scheduled to take place over four days in August (13-16). It could be Britain will still be in lockdown but positive thinking never did anyone any harm so here's hoping the second annual event goes ahead! Festival organisers have released details of musicians and venues and it has all the makings of a memorable few days. 


The Strictly Smokin' Big Band's regular rehearsal night at the Bridge Hotel acts as the festival curtainraiser. As usual the night (Thursday 13, 7:00pm) will be free admission although for this one a ticket is required. As a stand alone gig this promises to be an unmissable occasion. On the Friday night (August 14) head to Newcastle Civic Centre for a rare Tyneside appearance by Jay Phelps. The British resident Canadian trumpeter first hit the headlines as a member of Empirical. The first floor Pandon Room just off Ceremonial Way plays host to Phelps' quartet. Tickets £10 & £8. 

Saturday (August 15) sees the return of the all day event at the Tyne Bank Brewery. Last year proved to be an unqualified success as a full house (see photo) enjoyed a day of top class jazz with Tyne Bank beers flowing and street food vendors doing a roaring trade in burgers, pizzas, wraps and more. This year the line-up (with one band still to be confirmed) looks like this: Dennis Rollins Velocity TrioAlice Grace & Pawel JedrzejewskiJasmine (a Leeds-based band led by alto saxophonist Jasmine Whalley), Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche and the Sue Ferris Quartet. Tickets £15 - book now!

Sunday (August 16) won't cost you a bean (now there's a bargain!). The action includes the trumpet-guitar pairing of Pete 'Strictly Smokin'' Tanton and Lloyd Wright (venue TBC) and at the Tyneside Cinema a screening (free of charge, ticket required) of Abi Lewis' award-winning documentary film Geordie Jazz Man (6:00pm) about Keith Crombie, the man who ran the Jazz Cafe on Pink Lane for twenty years and more. The weekend draws to a close with Emma Fisk and James Birkett entertaining cinema-goers. 

It's anyone's guess how the world will look like four months from now but one thing you can do right now is book your tickets to show support for a mid-summer jazz party which is definitely something to look forward to! 
Russell
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3 comments :

Michael Lamb said...

Thank you Russell! Our fingers are firmly crossed...

Anyone purchasing tickets can do so in the knowledge that if Covid wreaks havoc, everything is fully refundable!

Patti said...

Yeah! Let’s try and stay optimistic ...... keep on keeping up!

Steve T said...

While I'm quite happy sitting at home surrounded by piles of books, CDs and DVDs; like the next wo/man, I like a few beers down the local with Fen; preferably with some live music. If restrictions are lifted sooner,do we have a venue and a couple of bands ready to go?
Perhaps the way forward is to book larger venues but sell fewer tickets, not generally a problem with jazz. Mrs T thought this may cause problems in terms of providing adequate cleaning.
Big Bands should maybe be a little more concerned but, on the positive side, remember what happened the last time the Big Bands went down.
In the meantime, I'll be purchasing tickets for this come payday and remain - as they say - cautiously optimistic.

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