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13,715 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1132 of them this year alone and, so far, 76 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...


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: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. .
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.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The Last (virtual) Jam of the Year @ The Black Swan - Dec. 15

Zoë Gilby (vocal/compere); Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Abbie Finn (drums); Alice Grace (vocals); David Gray (trombone); Harry Keeble (tenor sax).

(Photo courtesy of Kay Tilley)

In those distant days when every other Tuesday night meant a trip into town for the jam session at the Black Swan the closer was, inevitably, Straight No Chaser and tonight's jam stream was no exception.

With the exception of Alice, who left after her opening set, all of the above put up. Zoë handled the the lyrics to Monk's bebop anthem (who wrote the lyrics?) with ease and scatted in her unique style. Earlier, Zoë and David Gray had given a Jobim Wave to the virtual audience.

David, like Abbie on drums, sported a Christmas - once a year - jumper. David also wore a scarf which, should it have became entangled with his slide could have proved fatal to both player and instrument! His feature on White Christmas reminded me that, without the maudlin sentimentality of the words, it is actually a jolly good tune. How could it not be - Irving Berlin composed it and said goodbye to poverty forever - (now, where did I store away that manuscript paper ...?)

Socially distanced from his fellow frontliner, Harry Keeble wasn't taking any prisoners. He ran the gauntlet of the tenor's range and, had there been other tenor players in the house that gauntlet would have been thrown down. Harry also blew some Wayne Shorter and a tasty Invitation.

This was where I misinterpreted tonight's stream. I'd thought that maybe some of the other saxslingers would be zooming in from Gateshead, Jesmond and beyond but, perhaps the technology hasn't quite got that far.

The evening had opened up with Alice (in midi), introduced by Zoë (in mini), singing a duo set with Mark on this year's favourite - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, followed by My Romance; I Thought About You; Georgia on my Mind and I've Got my Love to Keep me Warm.

It was good, but not quite as good as the real thing!


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