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13837 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 56 of them this year alone and, so far, 56 this month (Jan. 16).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sun 23 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 23: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 23: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Anth Purdy: Swing Jazz Guitar @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 23: Svarc Hanley Longhawn @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 24: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 24: Vels Trio @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Livestream @ The Globe; Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord – August 9

Emma Fisk (violin); Bradley Johnston (guitar); David Harris (guitar); Bruce Rollo (bass).

‘My favourite Django number'
‘Can’t find the emoji for foot tapping'
‘All super solos and so crisp and together'
‘Brilliant! Really enjoyed your performance. Thank You’

And so the review is written for me by those who enthused in the comments box, and every word of it is true. A wonderful hour of lively, virtuoso music, danceable and romantic by turns. Many of the classics of gypsy jazz such as Coquette, Swing 42, Minor Swing; tunes such as Blue Drag (the drag was a popular dance of the 1920's); jazz songs such as Ain't Misbehavin'; It Had To Be You; Undecided …

There were a couple of other tunes that I can't name because I tapped the computer in error and doubled back on the performance at one point. I did wonder why Emma was repeating some of her warm, friendly chat, then it dawned. I must mention the superb rendition of  A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square, beautiful tear-jerking violin from Emma and a great solo from Bradley, who was deputising for James Birkett, who has had a DIY incident of some sort. We wish him well.

Bruce did his stuff well on his always dependable bass, and I noticed some of the slapping style of playing which is also used in rock and roll. Fascinating. And all rounded off by the encore Nuages, more great violin and a skilled solo from David Harris this time.  

Seventy or so households were tuned in from all over the place, an expat in Michigan USA, someone from Suffolk, besides local people and names that I recognised from my other world of folk music. Gypsy jazz appeals to both jazz and folk fans perhaps more than any other type of jazz.

Emma deserves a mention for her enthusiastic introductions to tunes and her attention to the comments box, where she was greeted by many friends recalling previous gigs and anniversaries. She lastly gave profuse thanks to The Globe and the Jazz Coop for arranging these livestreams, well deserved thanks.
Ann Alex

1 comment :

EmmaFiskJazzVio said...

Many thanks for the review Ann! We really did have a wonderful time playing at The Globe last night. We had no idea what it would be like to play in a venue without a live audience and I think we were all surprised by how very enjoyable and sociable it was!
I imagine that even once live shows are possible again this will be something that will continue to make shows accessible to a wider audience.
Well done The Globe/ Jazz Co-op!
Emma x

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