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13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Monday, August 24, 2020

A Celebration of Charlie Parker’s Centenary with The Mark Toomey Quartet

(Text by Mark Toomey/Photo courtesy of Ron Hampton)

Sometime last year I started planning a concert to celebrate Charlie Parker’s centenary. The idea was to have a concert similar to the one that I had back in 2015 for my  fiftieth birthday at the Saltburn Jazz Club.

For that occasion I transcribed some of the classic quintet arrangements and I played some Charlie Parker with Strings arrangements with a full line up, it was a very enjoyable evening.
I decided to have the concert on the actual day of the centenary, Saturday August 29 at St. Peter’s Church, Stockton where my daughter is a chorister.

So I booked the church, started booking the musicians then lockdown came, so everything was on hold and eventually, I had to sadly cancel the concert.

Fast forward to last week, I found out that it was possible to have my quartet, suitably distanced, playing in the church on August 29, the only problem is that we can’t have an audience, but we could live-stream or possibly record some tracks for uploading onto YouTube.

So the purpose of this story is to put the word out that my quartet will be recording and hopefully* live-streaming “A Celebration of Charlie Parker’s Centenary with The Mark Toomey Quartet” this Saturday, August 29, at 2pm. My quartet consists of myself on alto saxophone with Jeremy McMurray piano, Peter Ayton bass and Paul Smith on drums.

I am planning just a single set of Charlie Parker tunes and I am also including some standards that are associated with him. I would consider requests if anyone would like a certain piece but let me know before Thursday please.
Mark Toomey

*The reason I say hopefully, is that I am a complete beginner at live-streaming so at the moment, I will be using Facebook with my phone on a stand, but I’m looking into setting up a better audio system and possibly live-streaming on YouTube also.

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