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'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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14336 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 555 of them this year alone and, so far, 55 this month (June 19).

From This Moment On ...

June

Sat 25-Sun 26: Harambee Pasadia Festival @ The Hub, Shaw Bank, Barnard Castle DL12 8TD. www.harambeepasadiafestival.com. Line-up inc. Kevin Haynes Groupo Elegua, Hannabiell & the Midnight Blue Collective, Knats. Tickets from £20.00. adult, £10.00. teen (12-17).
Sat 25: Wild Women of Wylam @ Daniel Farm, Wylam. 7:00pm. £20.00. (inc. food).
Sat 25: Julija Jacenaite @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Outdoor (indoor if inclement weather).
Sun 26: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Springwell Village Community Venue, Gateshead. 2:30pm. A ‘1940s’ Weekend’ event (from 1:00pm).
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 26: Los Chichanos @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Scarborough Jazz Festival: The Grand Hall, Scarborough Spa

(Press release)

The 18th Scarborough Jazz Festival will now take place across the weekend of 24-26 September 2021 at Scarborough Spa.

Original Tickets from September 2020 & February 2021 remain valid for the September 2021 Festival.

Alongside some of our favourite festival performers we have many new faces: the ground breaking pianist Fergus McCreadie; violinist John Pearce and gypsy jazz from Djanco.

Three of our performers have recently received Parliamentary Awards: Nikki Iles with the Jazz Education Award; Fergus McCreadie for “Turas” the Jazz Album of the Year: and a Scarborough Jazz Club favourite Zoe Gilby as Jazz Vocalist of the Year.

We are also excited to have jazz giant Julian Joseph with his trio & Tony Kofi returns to front his loving celebration of the jazz giant (in every sense) Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley. 

And here’s what national critic Ron Simpson has to say about the Spa: ’The excellence of the venue – and the enterprising use that Mike Gordon and his team make of it – has much to do with the success of the Scarborough Festival. The Spa is an elegant Victorian pile, with the North Sea breaking on the other side of the road and a fine concert hall surrounded by bars and restaurants.’

Due to the date change our Earlybird Weekend Ticket offer has been extended and are back on sale!

Our Line Up!

Friday Afternoon Session:

Rafe’s Dilemma

Celebrating literature, music and theatre. This young quartet brings together an eclectic mix of jazz, electronic music and rock to create an excitingly fresh and intriguing sound. Visit Artist Website

Dave O’Higgins & Rob Luft Quartet

Young 'firebrand' Rob Luft teams up with an established giant of the UK Jazz scene as their Quartet perform Thelonious Monk compositions and tunes played by John Coltrane. Visit Artist Website

The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project

The exceptional musicianship of all members is unquestionable. The music is sensational, played with great energy and the incredible rapport between the three members is something that definitely sets this band apart. Visit Artist Website

Friday Evening Session:

VEIN featuring Stan Sulzmann

Combining the complexity of European classical chamber music with the thrills and energy of jazz improvisation at its most sophisticated. Visit Artist Website

Julian Joseph Trio

Virtuoso pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger, broadcaster and educator, Julian Joseph is the undisputed heir to the global house of jazz and he performs at The Scarborough Jazz Festival for the very first time this September. 

Hans Koller - Bird Migration Big Band-A Celebration of the Centenary of Charlie Parker
A 13-piece ensemble exploring and celebrating musical ideas and imagined movements of Charlie 'Bird' Parker. Visit Artist Website

Saturday Afternoon Session:

Djanco featuring Andy Aitchison

The spirit of gypsy swing with the flair of flamenco to create a distinctive jazz flavour.

Karen Sharp Quartet

World class musicians who also happen to be great friends. Together they create a unique sound that is warm, spontaneous and exciting! Visit Artist Website

Ian Shaw, Iain Ballamy, Jamie Safir - What's New

3 leading solo artists collaborating to share the best of popular songwriting as they launch their new album.-What’s New (Released on 7 February) Visit Artist Website

Saturday Evening Session

Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra

'A pianist of extraordinary imagination who thrives on fugitive melodies” Dave Gelly. Visit Artist Website

Zoe Gilby – Aurora

Winner of Parliamentary Jazz Awards Jazz Vocalist of The Year 2019.  Visit Artist Website

Jean Toussaint Allstar 6tet

A genial presence on the UK jazz scene for 30 years, Jean presents his all-star 6tet which has been put together to mark what would have been Art Blakey’s 100th birthday. Visit Artist Website

Sunday Afternoon Session:

The Fergus McCreadie Trio

Winner of Jazz Album of the Year at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019. Visit Artist Website

Tony Kofi's 'A Portrait of a Cannonball'

‘Quite splendid … the kind of ensemble groove that seems like hard-bop heaven.’ Jazz Wise Magazine Visit Artist Website

John Pearce & Dave Newton

A Scarborough Jazz Festival regular joins 'A violinist of immense virtuosity’ (London Jazz News) to perform his ‘fine record’ (Jazz Rag) Just Friends. Visit Artist Website

Sunday Evening Session:

Phil Robson's Organ Trio

An award-winning, incredibly versatile and creative guitar player as well as celebrated composer, joins forces with the Hammond virtuoso Ross Stanley and the inspiring and powerful drummer Gene Calderazzo to bring this all-star band to the Scarborough Jazz Festival. Visit Artist Website

Alan Barnes Octet plays Jazz Portraits

Alan returns alongside his long established octet, as usual, the music is swinging and accessible as well as serious and is always presented with humour, peppered with anecdotes. Visit Artist Website.

Compere: Alan Barnes

Tickets:

Offer Extended! Earlybird Weekend Tickets (available until 31 July 2021): £105 (plus facility fee)

Day Tickets & Session Tickets are now on sale!

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