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13862 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 81 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Tue 25: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public) .
Tue 25: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Murray Wankling, Paul Grainger, King David Ike-Elechi.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public). CANCELLED!
Wed 26: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm .
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 27: Tobias Sarra & John Garner @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm .
Thu 27: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 27: Knats’ Night: Knats + Swannek @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 27: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm. CANCELLED! .
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 28: Ian Millar & Dominic Spencer @ Bishop Middleham Village Hall, Ferryhill. 8:00pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Struggle Buggy @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blues band.

Sat 29: Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Life Drawing & Live Music. Enrol at: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.

Sun 30 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 30: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 30: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 30: Hot Club du Nord @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 31: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

February 2022

Tue 01: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 10:00am - 12 noon. Rehearsal session (open to the public).

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Album review: Marques Carroll - The Ancestors Call

Marques Carroll (trumpet/flugelhorn); Brent Griffin (alto sax); Amyr Fahmy (piano); Christian Dillingham (bass); Greg Artry (drums) + Victor Garcia (congas); Alex Wasily (trombone);  Sharon Irving (vocals).

An interesting debut album by St Louis-born trumpeter Marques Carroll was recorded on August 14-16 2020 at Palisade Studios in Chicago, a city that has produced many fine and influential jazz musicians. Carroll composed and arranged all eight tunes and his melodic thoughtful approach, together with his superb sound, is evident on every number.

The Ancestors Call Amongst Us:  Nice solos from trombone and alto sax.  

Generations Response: Flugelhorn, alto sax and piano share the honours.    

Assemble the Enlightened: Alto sax and piano solo, 

Beyond the Battle: Starts with a short wild freak-out from trumpet and alto then goes into a catchy theme from the alto, before the tempo increases and it finishes with some explosive drumming from Greg Artry.   

Urgency: Very aptly named! Starts with staccato trumpet then it takes on a Mexican mariachi vibe after which we get a fluent alto solo.

Aries Goddess (for Consuela and the fallen):  The only track with a vocal which is OK with me although Sharon Irving is certainly worth hearing.

Resolution for Us: Out of tempo intro then a bass riff leading into some relaxed flugelhorn. 

Our Ancestors Final Words: A medium tempo groove with trumpet to the fore.       

I must also mention the fine playing of alto saxman Brent Griffin on this disc as he does a first-rate job and has a great sound which blends well during the themes. I have played this CD many times and all the tracks are worth repeated listening but, if I had to make a choice I would pick track 4 Beyond the Battle which reminds me of something Roy Hargrove once played. A second choice would be track 5 Urgency which makes me think of Mexico or Spain. One thing I like about this album is that they used an acoustic piano rather than electric piano, thus avoiding a retro feel that some bands seem to favour.     

Anyway I can say that anyone buying this fine album are unlikely be disappointed and for information about the many activities of Marques Caroll check out his website www.marquescarroll.com

Mike Farmer.

Release date - April 16.

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