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Postage

16497 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 377 of them this year alone and, so far, 89 this month (May 30).

From This Moment On ...

May

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

June

Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Edison Herbert Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 02: Musicians Unlimited @ West Hartlepool RFC, Hartlepool. 12 noon. Two sets (12 noon-1:00pm & 2:00-3:00pm). ‘Sunday Big Band Blast meets WHRFC’s Classic Car Show’.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 02: Mark Williams Trio @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 02: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. A 'pint sized' NCRO gig/rehearsal session feat. Dave Hignett, Jim McBriarty, Gavin Lee, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford with special guest drummer Nick Ward.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Anth Purdy @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington. 6:30pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’.
Sun 02: MSK @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 03: John Garner & John Pope @ Yamaha Music School, Blyth. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 04: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Ben Phillips, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Rico Tomasso's Whitley Bay Special live stream - Oct. 30

At the time of writing - nine o'clock in the evening - we should be nicely sozzled, some nine hours into the first day of Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party. However, like most everything else, the world renowned festival celebrating the pioneers of the music has opted to take a year out, skirting the pandemic, with the intention of returning next year bigger and better than ever. 

During lockdown, Classic Jazz Party regular Rico Tomasso has been live streaming week after week to a hugely appreicative worldwide audience and he wasn't about to pass up the opportunity to reunite, albeit virtually, with some of his fellow CJP mainstays. Rico opened a bottle of Abbot Ale (a tipple not unfamiliar to BSH Editor-in-Chief LL), your reviewer did a 'dip-do', choosing a bottle of Landlord, the first of five different bottled beers waiting to be consumed. 

Described by Rico as 'the orchestra', pianist Martin Litton was the first to join the festivities to play My Sweet (Rico trumpet and vocals). Ellington's East St Louis Toodle-oo required something more like a recogniseable orchestra, at least in terms of numbers, so our host spent the week rounding up a band bus-load of Whitley Bay habituées: Hughes, McQuaid, Ball, Langham and Horniblow. Good stuff. 

Rico reached for his cleartone mega mute to duet with Maestro Keith Nichols on Maori. Nichols will return to the Village Hotel, near Whitley Bay, for next year's CJP. Regular Whitley Bay performers were tuning in from all four corners, announcing their presence with real time online comments - Nick Ball, Andrew Oliver (seven hours behind UK time in Portland, Oregon), Alistair Allan, Henry Lemaire. Other jazz world luminaries were watching and listening - Luca Filastro and Adrian Cox two of them. At this point the second of the bottled beers - Shipyard American IPA from Portland, Maine, USA - had been seen off. Don't be fooled, it ain't from the US of A, it's brewed on license by Marston's in the Black Country.  

Portland's Andrew Oliver (that's Portland, Oregon) provided the principal accompaniment to Rico on Wolverine Blues ably supported by the star-studded ensemble. Martin Wheatley popped up on this Popup Louis special to accompany RT on Positively-Absolutely, swiftly followed by Italian piano virtuoso Luca Filastro leading the band on Miss Brown to You with Analucia Tomasso singing Billie. 

Guitarists Wheatley and Langham (Langham singing) reappeared on Ol' Man River and That's My Home respectively and, before we knew it, the hour was up. Analucia Tomasso, backed by the CJP ensemble, took it home on Cake Walking Babies from Home. At about this time of night - gone nine - thoughts would be turning to the Classic Jazz Party's legendary late night jam session starting at eleven and winding up sometime around three in the morning. Next year...next year.     
Russell

Rico Tomasso (trumpet, vocals) with (in order of appearance) Martin Litton (piano); Graham Hughes (trombone); Michael McQuaid (clarinet); Nick Ball (percussion); Spats Langham (guitar, banjo, vocals); David Horniblow (bass sax, tenor sax); Andrew Oliver (piano); Martin Wheatley (guitar); Luca Filastro (piano); Analucia Tomasso (vocals).

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