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13,381 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 799 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (June 20).

From This Moment On


Thu 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside 1:00pm).

Thu 24: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 25: Hot Club du Nord @ St Mary's Parish Hall, Barnard Castle. 7:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. + bf. A Barnard Castle Rotary Club event. POSTPONED!

Fri 25: Archipelago + Faith Brackenbury @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. & £8.00. Echoes to the Sky album launch. A GCT Jazz Club-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Fri 25 Alter Ego @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington (8:00pm). POSTPONED!

Sat 26: Tyne Valley Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham (3:45pm).

Sun 27: Vieux Carré Hot Four @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay (12 noon).

Sun 27: Noel Dennis Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). £10.00. Advance booking essential: . A Jazz Co-op-Jazz North East co-promotion.

Tue 29: Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee (1:00pm). Tickets £6.00. + bf from:

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Best Albums of 2020 (Editor's choice)

These are some of the albums that I have enjoyed this year. They're in alphabetical order and I haven't included downloads as, Luddite that I am, to me they're too ephemeral - out of sight, out of mind,

Big Band

Kathrine Windfeld Big Band - Orca.

Maria Schneider Orchestra - Data Lords.

South Florida Jazz Orchestra - Cheap Thrills.


Callum Au/Claire Martin - Songs and Stories.

Diana Krall - This Dream of You.

Jo Harrop/Jamie McCredie - Weathering the Storm.

Marty Elkins - 'Tis Autumn.

Royal Bopsters - Party of Four.

Small Group.

Allison Neale - Quietly There.


Charles McPherson - Jazz Dance Suites.

Dime Notes - Daylight Savin'

Eddie Daniels - Night Kisses.

House of the Black Gardenia - The New Lowdown.,

James Copus - Dusk.

Jeff Hamilton Trio - Catch Me If You Can.

Judith/Dave O'Higgins - His 'n' Hers.

Max Haymer - Whirlwind.

Rob Barron - From This Moment On



Dave Brubeck - Lullabies.

Dexter Gordon - The Squirrel.

Ella Fitzgerald - The Lost Berlin Tapes.

Louis Armstrong - Live in Europe.

Neil Swainson - 49th Parallel.

Wolfgang Lackerschmid/Chet Baker - Ballads For Two.

Wolfgang Lackerschmid/Chet Baker - Quintet Sessions 1979.

There are many more I could/should/would have picked but time and space etc.

Let's hear it for your choices.



Unknown said...

Hi Lance
I’ll make my usual complaint about Data Lords in that it is raved about by those who get free copies to review but unheard by the rest of us who would have to pay £50 plus to import a copy for ourselves.
Apart from that, keep up the excellent work.

Lance said...

Dave, we're always on the lookout for reviewers ...

Unknown said...

Oh no! I might have got myself volunteered there.
Sign me up

Lance said...

Email me and we'll find something for you.

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