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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: JazzMain - April 25

(Photo by Debra Milne)
Nick Gould (tenor sax); Steve Grossart (keys); Iain Harkness (5 string electric bass); Kevin Dorrian (drums).

Always good to hear JazzMain when they make their occasional forays south of the border down Railway St. way. 

Sunday in New York was an appropriate starter. Admittedly we weren't in New York but it was Sunday and, being Sunday, we were virtually in The Globe which is the next best thing to being in Birdland. Indeed, on a Sunday night in Newcastle, it's the only game in town. Lockdown or no lockdown these guys hadn't neglected their chops.

Johnny Mandel's Cinnamon & Cloves; Dizzy's Tin Tin Deo and a luscious version of Darn That Dream kept things at a relatively high level before the ante was lifted with Friday Night at the Cadillac Club. This Bob Berg number would have had the crowd shakin' it and letting it all hang out had there been a crowd to do such lascivious things ... in about 3 weeks I think/hope.

Hank Mobley provided Funk in Deep Freeze, Tom Jobim came up with the inevitable bossa nova - Favela - which made space for sax and bass to flex their muscles and Grover Washington added Mr Magic.

By the time we reached the last number which, in time-honoured show business tradition, turned out  not be the last number at all, I had made a few reflections.

(Photo by Debra Milne)
That they managed to get through a gig without the meaningless round of fours that most bands today seem to regard as a rite of passage was a distinct plus. Steve Grossart played some excellent solos although, personally, I'd have preferred to have heard them played with a more traditional piano sound rather than the tinkle-tinkle electronic sound. As ever Harkness was as sound as a Scottish pound and Dorrian, although restricted solowise, seized the moment when it thrust upon him - impressively. Oh yes, and there's also Nick Gould who can hold his own in any company on his great tenor sound alone!

The final final number, Horace Silver's The Hippest Cat in Hollywood, could easily have been re-named as The Hippest Cats in Holyrood!

Come back soon.

Lance

1 comment :

Nick Gould said...

Hi Lance, Thanks very much for reviewing our gig. It just felt so good to play with the guys again after a 14 month hiatus.

The Globe gang has done so much to support the musicians over the last months and we really appreciated the opportunity to play again.

Last year was going to be a busy one for us, I am glad to say we are seeing bookings start to come in now so hopefully in the next couple of months live music with an audience will no longer just be a memory.

best regards


Nick

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