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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Baghdaddies @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Midweek at Small's (Mar. 15-16)

Joe Farnsworth Quartet - Mar. 15 

Eric Alexander (tenor sax); Keith Brown (piano); Peter Washington (double bass); Joe Farnsworth (drums) 

Drummer Joe Farnsworth never fails to bring in an ace band whenever he's got a gig at Small's. This evening he called on the services of tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander (the pair first worked together something like twenty five years ago). Bassist Peter Washington regularly shares the stand with Farnsworth and, on this occasion, BSH's first sighting of pianist Keith Brown. A familiar set list (call that a bonus) enabled the listener to get a handle on what they could do, individually and collectively. Brown impressed, the NYC scene seems to have an endless supply of top class pianists. 

Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise set the ball rolling and for the next hour it was the Eric Alexander show. Turbo charged tenor playing a la British modernists (past and present), this was thrilling stuff. Announcements on or off Small's PA are often difficult to hear, but it became apparent that tunes were being called on the stand. Drifting on a Reed? A nod of heads, of course they knew it! Similarly Nancy with the Laughing Face and The Song is You, Alexander taking no prisoners. An excellent set.   

Set list: Softly, as in a Morning SunriseDrifting on a ReedNancy with the Laughing FaceThe Song is You

Frank Lacy Septet - Mar. 16

Frank Lacy (trombone); Stacy Dillard (tenor sax); David Lee Jones (alto sax); Greg Glassman (trumpet); Jon Elbaz (piano); Simon Wilson (double bass); Evan Sherman (drums) 

Ex-Jazz Messenger and long serving Mingus Big Band trombonist Frank Lacy bossed a cracking septet presenting what amounted to a Jazz Messengers/Blue Note set. Four horns (all top drawer) and a rhythm section to die for (drummer Evan Sherman an Art Blakey for the 21st century) attacked each tune in a manner not dissimilar to the outfits led by Blakey and Mingus. 

An animated Lacy called the shots with the soloists stepping up to the plate. Aquarius Rising, as recorded by Lacy with Art Blakey, set the pace and for the next hour there was no let up. Tunes by Freddie Hubbard and Wayne Shorter, Lacy gesticulating as much as conducting, appeared to be enjoying himself! As The Soulful Mr.Timmons closed a thrilling set, one online comment read: Oh man, call the fire department.    
Russell

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