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15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Charlotte Keeffe Quartet @ The Globe – June 13

(Screenshots by Ken Drew)
Charlotte Keeffe (trumpet, flugelhorn); Moss Freed (guitar); Ben Handysides (drums); Ashley John Long (double bass)

What a joy! my first live gig since Covid began almost 18 months ago.  Back at the splendidly upgraded Globe for this co-promotion by the Jazz Co-op and Jazz North East giving us a night of top quality improvised jazz performed by the splendid Charlotte Keeffe Quartet. As many things are at this time of the year the night was a game of two sets. The first half was a single improvisation subsequently named Right Here, Right Now the title of Keeffe’s recently released debut album. For me completely improvised music only really works when listened to in situ so I have really missed live performances during these lockdown times. Being able to see the interaction of the individual players visually as well as audibly is part and parcel of the whole experience. The set certainly didn’t disappoint and I was as happy as a Brentford supporter at a play-off final enjoying the creativity of the four musicians on stage.

By contrast, the second set was more controlled with the band playing a series of Keeffe’s  compositions. The first 3 pieces 1200 Photographs, A Horse Named Galaxy and Cotton Tail are all from the aforementioned album. Although there was still lots of improvisation to keep us free jazzers happy there was also plenty of rather lovely mellow and melodious sections too which for those who may have been put off by the first half would definitely have appreciated too.  The subtlety of Handysides on drums and Long on double bass really came to the fore. Freed on guitar played several absolutely delightful solos. Band leader Keeffe meanwhile always kept it exciting on trumpet. The final piece Sweet Corn brought the evening to a wonderful close. It felt good to be ‘back in the game’. Steve H

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