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13823 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 42 of them this year alone and, so far, 42 this month (Jan. 12).

From This Moment On ...

January 2022

Sat 15: Elsadie & the Bobcats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm..

Sun 16 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 16: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 16: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 16: Garner-Pope Duo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 17: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington NE23 6UT. 1:00pm.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 20: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 21: Emma Fisk & James Birkett @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 21: John Law @ Durham Cathedral. 7:30pm. £20.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 21: Dean Stockdale Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 21: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 22: East Coast Swing Band @ East Bedlington Community Centre. 7:30pm. £5.00.
Sat 22: MGB @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. The Milne-Glendinning Band.

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ J's & B's - July 18

(Photo by Russell)
Jude Murphy (double bass, vocals); Judah Grunstein (guitar); Bernie Ransom (keyboards, tenor sax, vocals)

The Foundry Jazz Ensemble came into being from lockdown rehearsal sessions on the Foundry Lane Industrial Estate down in the Ouseburn. Now that restrictions are beginning to ease, Jude Murphy is keen to get a few gigs in the diary. This afternoon's performance in the grounds of St James' and St Basil's in Fenham, Newcastle was one of them. 
On a glorious summer's afternoon Jude, sporting an Anita O'Day look (see photo, nice hat!), Bernie Ransom and Judah Grunstein entertained a sizeable gathering to two sets of jazz standards plus an (animated) oddity. From Clifford Brown to Jimmy Van Heusen to Jimmy McHugh (and Dorothy Fields) to Henry Mancini to Cole Porter, the very names of the composers tells a story...it was quality material all the way. Jude and Bernie shared the vocals, guitarist Judah content to sit in between and behind, supplying some nice rhythmic accompaniment and the occasional considered solo excursion of his own.

Sandu opened the set, volume levels about right, perhaps Bernie's keyboard a touch bright, it can't be easy to get it spot on in the open air, not least with buses passing-by every few minutes! Jude won the vocal stakes with her Portuguese lyrics to Jobim's Corcovado. Excellent! Bernie sang McHugh and Fields' I Must Have That Man in an understated, conversational vocal style. Indeed, on an unexpected rendition of Meet the Flintstones J's and B's audience heard more of Bernie's impish vocals. The Foundry Jazz Ensemble closed the afternoon with Cole Porter's You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To. And so we made our way home.  Russell             

Set list: Sandu; Corcovado; Alone TogetherBut BeautifulJust Squeeze MeNardis; I Must Have That ManThe Days of Wine and RosesBye Bye Blackbird; Birk's WorksMeet the Flintstones; ThemeYou'd Be So Nice to Come Home To.  

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