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13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 6:45pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Perdido Street Jazzmen (with Frank Brooker reeds, Eugene Farrar trombone, Brian Bennett banjo & Phil Rutherford sousaphone) @ Darlington Market Square, Darlington. 11:00am.
Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm. .
Sun 26: Sax Appeal @ The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA. 4:30pm. Free. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. .
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Sunday, December 06, 2020

Fergus McCreadie Trio live streaming from the Jazz Capital of the Globe - Dec. 6

Fergus McCreadie (piano); David Bowden (bass); Steve Henderson (drums).

(Photo by Debra Milne)

Such is the nature of jazz that, from its origins in New Orleans, it spread to Chicago, New York and,  inevitably, Europe, the UK and the rest of the world. The subdivisions formed, British and American jazz  began developing their own separate identities to the stage where, today, those subdivisions are forming even in the UK.

Tonight, on the eve of Brexit, those artistic divides were well and truly demonstrated - the devolution of jazz is here.

The McCreadie Trio are the perfect example of this. Fergus' compositions and his approach have brilliantly interwoven Scottish folklore into English/American/Nordic jazz and created a new language - Jazz Esperanto?

As regards the actual gig, as ever, the conditions at The Globe were perfect (we'll not mention last week!) The Yamaha piano had been lovingly transported downstairs and the sound was great. The visuals were perfect and the actual music itself was a masterpiece in the development of a theme which was, in this case (although not exclusively), the trio's new album Cairn - available at the back end of January 2021.

I struggled for a while, it was so low key that I made a cup of coffee and when I returned the bass player was still playing the same note - Guinness Book of Records?

However, 45 minutes in it all exploded! This was it! This was what I'd been waiting for and it put into perspective the build up that had preceded. 

Once they'd hit this level, the previous somnambulistic moments made sense and when I  play it again I'll be wide awake!

Lance.

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