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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Mon 08: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 08: Central Bar Quintet plays John Jenkins with Kenny Burrell @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance (featuring Giles Strong) + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 09: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Katy Trigger, King David Ike-Elechi.
Tue 09: Abbie Finn Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Album review: Tenement Jazz Band - Tenement Jazz Band Goes South

Chuck Deerness (trumpet); Paddy Darley (trombone); Steven Feast (reeds); John Youngs (banjo, guitar); Doug Kemp (double bass)


The Tenement Jazz Band came out of nowhere. It was at the beginning of 2018 when the band first registered on BSH's radar. A matter of weeks later the Edinburgh based outfit made a first visit to Tyneside. On that occasion Prohibition Bar was crowded and subsequent appearances on Tyneside and a sold out concert at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club enhanced a rapidly growing, word-of-mouth reputation.
New Orleans Wiggle documented the Tenements' early days (the EP was recorded at The Maltings, Berwick) and now there is a CD to enjoy. Four of the five Tenements are thirtysomethings with recent recruit Steven Feast of an earlier generation. The Tenement Jazz Band Goes South conjours an image of a road trip to the Deep South (NOLA and all that), in reality the five piece band made a succession of raids south of the border into England, recording gigs along the way. A brief introduction hears John Youngs speaking to an audience - at an unidentified venue - and then it's into some forty five minutes of music. 

Twelve familiar tracks help make a review a somewhat easier task with favourite, if not definitive, versions having long-since been laid down by many of the jazz greats of the last one hundred years. Recorded in February and March, a matter of weeks before lockdown, from the opening South to the album closing Weary Blues, the Tenements' frontline of Charles 'Chuck' Deerness (trumpet), Paddy Darley (trombone) and Steven Feast (reeds), ably supported by Sassenach John Youngs (guitar, banjo) and string bassist Doug Kemp, come up trumps time and time again. Solos, ensemble work, the Tenements dig into the music of the pioneers. Deerness is a fine lead player, Darley a mischievous presence adept at shaking it up, and Feast's agile yet persuasive clarinet frequently cuts through.  

Canal Street BluesMilenburg JoysBaratariaAt a Georgia Camp Meeting - it could be these are favourite numbers of the BSH reader, if they are, check out the Tenement Jazz Band, there is every chance they will become your new favourite band. What's more, favourite bands of yore, are, for the most part, no more, whereas the Tenements are very much alive and kicking. Post Covid - there will be such a time! - catch the Tenement Jazz Band at your local jazz club. Once you've heard the band at a gig you'll want to buy the album and, if you can't wait 'til then, email the band for details of how to get your copy of Tenement Jazz Band Goes South at: tenementjazzband@gmail.com. It's a winner!                
Russell

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