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16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...

June

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Monday, October 05, 2020

Gerry Richardson Quintet Live and Online @ The Globe - Oct. 4

Gerry Richardson (organ/vocals); Garry Linsley (alto sax); Rod Sinclair (guitar); Paul Smith (drums); Graham Hare (congas/perc.).

It's been a good week for the organ groovers and there's more to come.

Thursday, at Ronnie's saw James Taylor laying down a pretty high benchmark. Friday, we had Kate Westbrook's incredible  take on Wind in the Willows that featured northeast hero, the late Mike Carr, reminding us just what a great player he was and an inspiration for every one who came later.

Tonight, it was Gerry Richardson's turn in the spotlight and he opted to forsake the, heavy to hump, Hammond for the more compact Crumar. It didn't matter, Gerry had his Mojo working - what's in a name? In the right hands and feet it's all down to the player.

Lockdown, quarantine, social distancing - Garry hangs out in Cumbria which is well and truly socially distanced. Fortunately, The Jazz Co-op's redesigned downstairs' bar at The Globe enables government guidelines to be observed to the letter. Going to a bar or a pub these days is a bit like visiting someone in jail (or so I imagine) you  are subjected to everything but a body search.

However, I digress, let's talk about the music. As always, the band hit the deck running, lock into the groove and cares about the world outside vanish. The score is 5-0 already!

In addition to the ever driving Paul Smith, as usual playing his socks off, we had Graham Hare on congas putting even more power into the engine room. Think congas, think Latin - right? Wrong! They may have added a touch of South America but their main contribution was to give that extra kick.

Rod Sinclair brought his Strat along but he stayed 
with the Telecaster. Not a bad choice. I'm not a guitarist but I personally find the Tele has a jazzier sound but maybe it's like the B3 and the Mojo, it's all down to who is in the driving seat.

Garry Linsley is, in many ways, worthy of further recognition. He's a relatively unsung hero due, I suppose to living at yon side of the Pennines. However, when he's parachuted in for a Tyneside gig a whole lot of sax players head for the woodshed and, if they don't, they should!

I'm not going to list the numbers, you've probably heard them but that's what I like about this band they always seem to make it sound as though you are hearing them for the first time.

In a couple of weeks time, Ross Stanley is at The Globe with Nigel Price and Vasi X. It will be interesting to hear yet another organist - bet he can't sing like Gerry!

Lance

(Photos by Russell apart from the one of Garry which is by Lance)

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