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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 ...


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.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Live stream preview: Francis Tulip Quintet @ The Globe - Dec. 13

Francis Tulip (guitar); Xhosa Cole (tenor sax); Tuoyo Awala (piano); Louis Stringer (bass); Matt Holmes (drums)

The Globe is set to welcome five young men who've already made a considerable impression on the British jazz scene. Tyneside's tier 3 status means jazz fans are to be deprived of the opportunity to be present at what looks like being an 'I was there' occasion at Newcastle's Jazz Co-op HQ on Railway Street.

Earlier this year County Durham's Francis Tulip graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with an extra feather in his cap having scooped the institution's jazz performance prize. Guitarist Francis first came to the attention of the region's gig-goers at Paul Edis' Early Bird Saturday morning public performance workshop sessions. Francis' Early Bird cohort included other talented young musicians who would go on to study in Durham, London, Manchester and Berklee, Boston, USA. 

During his time in Birmingham, Francis struck up a friendship with Xhosa Cole which afforded north easterners an early opportunity to hear the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year (2018) saxophonist performing with Francis at Ushaw College, Durham (see photo) and Newcastle's Bridge Hotel. That was in pre-Covid times, since when Xhosa, a recent recipient of a Peter Whittingham Award, has taken London by storm. Anyone who watched the recent Kansas Smitty's live stream featuring the two tenors of Xhosa and Alec Harper playing Dizzy's Sonny Side Up album will attest to the impact he is making in the capital. 

On Sunday (Dec. 13) the Newcastle Jazz Co-op's weekly live stream features the Francis Tulip Quintet. Joining Francis and Xhosa will be Birmingham friends Tuoyo Awala, piano, Louis Stringer, bass, and drummer Matt Holmes. Tutored by some of the best in the business, these guys are out and about gigging (Covid-19 constraints not withstanding), regularly working with some of Britian's finest jazz musicians. Now, at eight o'clock on Sunday evening, there is the opportunity to hear the quintet play a selection of original compositions by signing up for the live stream. For the modest charge of £7.50 (there is the option to pay more!) you'll be able to enjoy an hour or more of music. That's Sunday sorted, 8:00pm. Check out: www.jazzcoop.         


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