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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Adrian Cox meets Pee Wee Russell - Mar. 21

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals)

This week's Sunday Service took care of itself. A week ago preacher Cox informed his online flock that he'd be playing music associated with today's subject, Pee Wee Russell. During the week our clarinetist was inundated with requests and suggestions, hence the set list was written for him. Our host's sojourn in Bulgaria continues, today's weather being anything but spring-like - cold with snow on the ground. With in excess of one hundred logged on, Cox kicked off with Out of Nowhere. For some, perhaps, Pee Wee is thought of as a Dixielander, yet his career embraced Bix, Red Nichols, his tenure with Eddie Condon and, in later years, playing the music of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. 

Out in Bulgaria, preacher Cox is about to endure ten days of lockdown, such is life. A bonus for Cox is he'll have time to attend to social media admin chores. On with the music, clarinet and vocals - I Would Do Anything for YouThe Very Thought of You, and, as Cox pointed out, Pee Wee had a bluesy feel to his playing, cue Pee Wee's Blues. A woody vibrato and vocal on I've Got the World on String swung, no mean achievement given Cox was sitting on his own in a hotel lobby. Our man talked about Pee Wee's gigs with Alex Welsh, name checking Archie Semple, John Barnes and Roy Williams. And so to Oh Baby. Cox recounted the story of Pee Wee taking up painting in later years, in part to help him cope with his struggles with alcohol. One final number, a Cox vocal, a swinging Lulu's Back in Town 

Next week it's the Archie Semple-Alex Welsh album Night People (you'll find it on Lake Records). One o'clock sharp and don't forget to put your clock(s) forward, it's BST, happy days!             
Russell

Set list: Out of NowhereI Would Do Anything for YouThe Very Thought of YouPee Wee's BluesChina BoySomewhere Over the RainbowI've Got the World on a StringOh BabyWrite Me a Love  SongLulu's Back in Town     

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