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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm).

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm).

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm).

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord live-streaming from the Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee - Dec. 10

Emma Fisk (violin); Dave Harris, Bradley Johnston (guitars); Bruce Rollo (bass).

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)

This was an absolute gem - Emma and co certainly slayed 'em at the Hot Club tonight or, to be more precise, the Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee.

That the theatre was empty, apart from the technicians more of whom we'll hear about later, the  cosy design of the set made me feel I was in their living room. In fact Bruce was standing so close to the open fire I feared there would be more than chestnuts getting roasted!

Although James Birkett was having a night off, there could have been no finer dep than his former star pupil Bradley Johnston. Their musical paths have become so intertwined in recent years that they now meet on a level playing field. Likewise, when it comes to Djangoistic playing Dave Harris too is a master of the style.

With Bruce slapping merrily away the trio gave Emma the perfect launching pad as she sashayed down the Rue de Clichy swinging her handbag. Emma confessed she'd never been to Paris and didn't own a handbag. Was this a Christmas present hint? A trip to Paris or maybe un sac à main d'une boutique (Primark)? On this performance our girl deserved nothing less than Louis Vuitton's finest!

Ain't Misbehavin'; Oriental Shuffle; Santa Claus is Coming to Town (for me old Daddy Xmas arrived tonight!); Nuages (with an amazing violin cadenza); Undecided (fast); Coquette; White Christmas (nice and bouncy featuring Brad); Minor Swing; Sweet Georgia Brown (Brad digging in deep); Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (I'll try!)

It may have been a relatively familiar programme but, can these four swing or can they swing? 

They can!

Suddenly, it began to snow and the technical team appeared complete with snow machine!

I wonder if they rent the snow machine out on Christmas Day? It's as good as the real stuff - a bit like the band - Bravo!

Lance

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