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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

JUNE

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: www.ticketsource.co.uk

Monday, December 21, 2020

James Pearson Trio live streaming "A Swinging Christmas" from Ronnie's - Dec. 21

James Pearson (piano); Sam Burgess (bass); Chris Higginbottom (drums).

(Screenshot courtesy of Ken Drew)

All good festive fun down at Tier 4 inside Ronnie's. The three musicians did their bit to get us into the Christmas spirit and, at least for 75 minutes they succeeded.

No need for chapter and verse, the three wise musicians came in bearing candles - honestly! you just can't get incense, frankincense or myrr anywhere at this time of year! Behind them angelic voices sang Hark the Herald Angels Sing and Burgess took up the theme playing beautifully toned arco bass before the Almighty - Pearson picked it up.

Fugue-like they segued into Ding Dong Merrily on High and truly the bells were ringing way up there - you know where I mean!

Frosty, the New Orleans' Snowman, inspired by Harry Connick Jr's version was up next although long time readers of BSH will recall George Watt informing us in 2012 that good old Frosty's song was actually the melody of an earlier song - Some Sunday Morning. this wasn't a contrefact but, on the face of it, out and out thievery! 

The minutes flew by and the requests flew in - I particularly liked God Rest Ye Gerry Mulligan! Unfortunately, there wasn't a baritone player in the house so Gerry continued to rest in peace.

Too many to describe in detail. Oh Little Town(ship) of Bethlehem; Ding Dong the Witch is Dead; Silent Night (an evocative unaccompanied solo by Pearson); Let it Snow; The 12 Keys of Christmas; In the Bleak Midwinter (Bill Evans) and so it rolled on. Pearson played the above and more in the style of Peterson, Garner, Shearing, Tyner, Les Dawson!, Rachmaninoff and, of course, himself.

A reminder that as long as we have musicians like these and venues like this, Kansas Smitty's, The 606 and, closer to home, The Globe and Sage Gateshead we will still have the live music we love. Please support whenever possible.

Lance

1 comment :

Neil C said...

How did they manage to go ahead with this I thought all tier 4 venues had to close full stop and not just to people attending but also to all performers . Glad they did .

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