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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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13,806 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1223 of them this year alone and, so far, 50 this month (Oct. 13).

From This Moment On ...

October

Sun 17: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 17: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club. 1:00pm.
Sun 17: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Unitarian Church, Newcastle. 1:30pm.
Sun 17: Vula Viel @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Adrian Cox live streaming from Kansas Smitty's - Dec. 17


Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Will Barry (piano); Ferg Ireland (double bass); Luca Caruso (drums).
(Screenshot courtesy of Ken Drew).

Night after night, Tuesday to Friday, Kansas Smitty's is the place to be, tier 3 virtual, if not in person. Tonight's session sprung from Adrian Cox's liking for Albert Nicholas. A late change in the line-up saw Luca Caruso coming off the subs' bench for the absent Dave Archer. Clarinetist Cox is a fine musician and an enthusiast into the bargain, his band mates doing him proud. 
Wolverine Blues, Cox seated, cross-legged, then not, appreciating the contributions of Messrs. Barry, Ireland and Caruso. Cox's first vocal on How Long Blues, taken at Big Joe Turner tempo, set the standard, simply superb. Cox remarked it was his first gig working with drummer Caruso. Cox asked how old he was, Caruso's off-mic reply was inaudible to the virtual audience. Cox exclaimed: Twenty one! adding: I'm nearly forty, crikey! When did that happen?!

I'm Coming Virginia, a memorable Buddy Bolden Blues (Cox hollerin' across the Mississippi), I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate (dedicated to Cox's sister called, you've guessed it), this is the kind of gig that is nothing short of electric in a club with an audience, beers going down. Next year, next year...

An occasional reference to the evening's subject, Albert Nicholas, helped join the dots, at least as far as Cox was concerned. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams could be thought of as a song for our ever-so-strange times, the quartet handling the material with ease. A hallmark of the Kansas Smitty's sessions is the ability of the combo (perm any number from an ever-increasing pool of musicians) to play whatever is put in front of it. Winin' Boy Blues was heard during Cox's Sunday Service in duo format with Will Barry and this evening they reprised Jelly Roll Morton's number as a quartet. To close, Lover Come Back to Me

More at eight tomorrow (Friday) with Alec Harper and Jalen N'Gonda playing Coltrane and Hartman. 
Russell     

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