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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

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: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. 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: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Georgia Cécile & Fraser Urquhart @ The Lit & Phil - July 16

Georgia Cécile (vocals); Fraser Urquhart (piano)

It had been a while, fully sixteen months since the last of the Lit & Phil's monthly lunchtime jazz concerts in March 2020. In recent months, hopes of a return to something approaching 'normal times' have risen only to be dashed, risen again then dampened once more. Today's concert marked the latest chapter in a turbulent year. Driving down from a sunny Edinburgh, Georgia Cécile and Fraser Urquhart arrived in sunny Newcastle to perform a set of standards. 

In 'normal times' the Lit & Phil's Loftus Room could be expected to be standing room only. These aren't 'normal times', far from it. Social distancing demanded a greatly reduced capacity and as Georgia and Fraser opened their set with The Man I Love a small but attentive audience hung on every note. The Gershwins figured in the set list, just the kind of GASbook material the Westgate Road regulars adore. 

A particular highlight of Georgia's magical vocal performance was Blame it on My Youth (comp. Oscar Levant/lyrics. Edward Heyman). Fabulous phrasing, timing, Fraser's unfailingly elegant piano playing, an undoubted high point. 

As the hour-long set neared its end our Edinburgh duo took requests. Fraser played I've Got the World on a String as an instrumental and to conclude a memorable occasion our star guests bade farewell with I Thought About You

Better times are ahead. When we get there it would be nice to see Georgia and Fraser return to play to a Lit & Phil full house. Russell

Set list: The Man I LoveI Only Have Eyes for YouEmbraceable YouCrazy He Calls MeI Was Doing All RightBlame it on My YouthI Can't Give You Anything but Love, BabyMy Romance; Someone to Watch Over MeSoonI've Got the World on a String (piano solo); I Thought About You.

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