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16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...

April

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Sunday Night Jazz @ The Globe: Knats - June 20

(Photo by Lance)
Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Josh Mitchell-Rayner (keyboards); Stan Woodward (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums).

Knats (don't ask me where they got the name from!) are a young, mega young, band and this was their first ever indoor gig although they had played an outdoor gig a couple of weeks back which Russell enthused over and which I felt the need to check out. 

There was an understandable degree of uncertainty about the first set but, hey, what do expect? They're treading the boards where many of the UK's premier jazz musicians have strutted their stuff - no pressure then - and it didn't, at least outwardly appear to faze them. Come the second set and they were firing on four!

Young Ferg on trumpet was already known to me - known as a promising 14/15 year old who'd shown up at jams as well as blowing with some family members on the patio during lockdown. Since then, he's moved from the patio to the woodshed and emerged as Freddie Hubbard or Lee Morgan. If Art Blakey had still been alive and recruiting Ferg would have been on Buhaina's radar.

(Photo by Lance)
King David - is that a name or a title? - has the Blakey drive as well as his own powerhouse approach. His extended solos possibly had the good folk in Gateshead across the river checking out the Richter Scale whilst those inside The Globe were full of appreciation for this, the latest in an ever increasing list of outstanding young drummers to appear in the region. 

Like  King D, the more modestly named frontman and bassist Stan, has just completed his A-levels and he proved his worth with rock solid support and solos as well as composing and arranging some of the pieces. Oh, and another thing, he's rather old fashioned in that he uses those appendages on the side of his head (ears) to tune up rather than some electronic device clipped to the headstock of his fretless bass. How long is it since you heard a musician say to the pianist "give me an A"? Nice to know the old order hasn't completely changed.

The pianist charged with supplying the aforementioned note, 17 year old Josh also, during the course of the evening, gave us the other 87 notes in various permutations. Another outstanding performer to look out for.

(Photo by Russell)
The material was full on, in your face, Jazz Messengers, Herbie Hancock, Miles, Weather Report and, of course, 'knaturally' - Knats. 

Music heard included: Afro Blue; All Blues; Red Room (Woodward original); Kind Folk (K. Wheeler); Resolution (Coltrane); West of the West (Christian Scott) plus music from the film Taxi Driver, a piece by Radiohead and, for the encore, which I had to miss due to the demands of public transport, an opus by Herbie Hancock. Lance.

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PS: When I arrived at the Jazz Co-op HQ my nerves were still as taut as an over-tuned violin E string having watched the highs and lows and, ultimately, the highs of Hartlepool United's penalty shootout out victory over Torquay United in the National League Play-off Final.

I've never experienced a game with so much drama - Alfred Hitchcock couldn't have scripted it better - and, if they turned it into a movie, tonight's music would be the perfect soundtrack - it was played with the same passion and intensity.

2 comments :

Chris Kilsby said...

Lance - thanks for review, which conjured up the mood of the night: for the record...
1. Knats name derives from Stan (backwards) and K for King!
2. Set- opened with Kack Bop (Knats original, on all streaming outlets) followed by Actual Proof (H. Hancock). Another original (Ferg) "Whilst We're Here" in the second set. Encore was Eye of the Hurricane (HH again)
3. A great night out (finally) courtesy of the amazing institution which is The Globe. Still trying to come back to earth....

Chris K

Chris Kilsby said...

Great review Lance - captured the excitement and intensity nicely! And what a great job the Globe did on the night - the Sunday jazz live plus streaming series more than keeping up with offerings from KSTV and internationally.

Couple of additions/edits to the set list...First up was Kack Bop (by Knats, available on all streaming platforms!), Actual Proof (Herbie Hancock), Red Moon (Knats), Whilst we're here (Ferg Kilsby), encore was a double speed Eye of the Hurricane (Herbie Hancock).

The band have put a couple of streamed clips on https://www.instagram.com/knatsmusic/

Chris

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