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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...

May

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: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. 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: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 11:00am. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
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: 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);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sunday, June 06, 2021

The Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick - June 6

(Photo by Russell)
John Faragher (clarinet, vocals); ? (trumpet); Ruth Alder-Bateman (piano, vocals); Brian Martin (banjo); Brian Smith (double bass); Les Turnbull (drums)

A new Sunday afternoon session in Berwick upon Tweed, new to BSH, that is, prompted a first visit to the Radio Rooms. Little did your correspondent know the old bridge across the Tweed was closed for repairs which necessitated a detour over the Royal Tweed Bridge. Oh, well, at least the sun was shining! 

Why the 'Radio Rooms'? Well, inside the 'live music and events space' on Main Street there is a collection of old radios. Everyone should have a hobby. The band in question, the Tweed River Jazz Band, can be heard every week playing its infectious, enthusiastic brand of Dixieland jazz. A sad aspect of the band's post-lockdown resumption is the loss of Peter Roughead. Trumpeter and band leader Mr Roughead died earlier this year. Addressing the audience clarinetist John Faragher said the Tweed River would continue in Mr Roughead's memory. All pesent welcomed Mr Faraghers words. 

Faragher leads by example with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Bassist Brian Smith and drummer Les Turnbull are old hands at this game and didn't require further instruction, likewise Brian Martin playing some half-decent banjo. Two full sets - 60 minutes x 2 - opened with Bill Bailey (will he ever come home?) and from there on in it was one familiar/done to death number after another.. Pianist Ruth Alder-Bateman sang many numbers - big voice, booming PA, a voice likely to be suited to Dolly Parton country tunes. 

The Tweed River Jazz Band plays for the love of it. They're not in it for the money, indeed, over the years, Peter Roughead and co have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity. Long may they continue.
Russell

Set list: (Won't You Come Home) Bill BaileyI Get the Blues When it Rains*HindustanGeorgia on My Mind*When You're Smiling*Mean to Me*Runnin' Wild*I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby*IndianaIn the Sweet Bye and Bye1*I'm Gonna Sit Down and Write Myself a LetterDoctor JazzSt Louis Blues*Ice Cream*His Eye is on the Sparrow*

Ruth Alder-Bateman vocal number. 

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