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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Adrian Cox Quintet: The New Orleans Clarinet @ Ronnie Scott's - August 22

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Joe Webb (piano); Denny Ilett (guitar); Simon Read (double bass); Luke Tomlinson (drums)

A long-awaited concert at Ronnie Scott's played to a full house. Adrian Cox called upon his regular quartet sidemen Joe Webb and Simon Read to join guitarist Denny Ilett and drummer Luke Tomlinson to form a five piece outfit to play the music of some of Adrian's favourite clarinet players, specifically that of the master musicians from New Orleans. 

Adrian himself is a masterful musician and it is his engaging personality - on and off stage - which gives him the edge in the popularity stakes. From Cole Porter to Duke Ellington and a whole lot more in between, Adrian's boundless enthusiasm for his subject, allied to an imperious technique, met the jazz heads' expectations and won over the less committed members of the audience. Perhaps some in the latter category have since boned up on the likes of Johnny Dodds, George Lewis, Albert Nicholas and Adrian's main man, Edmond Hall. 

Adrian's solos take some beating, although pianist Joe Webb bows to no one in that department. Take Charlie the Chulo for instance, first Adrian laying down a 'beat that' solo, Joe replying with a stonking solo of his own, resulting in not one ear-shattering round of applause but two, one after the other. Guitarist Denny Illet, bassist Simon Read and drummer Luke Tomlinson, they too had their moments in the spotlight.   

The rhythm section momentarily retired to the bar, leaving the stage to clarinetist and pianist. A Lull at Dawn rendered the room silent, our duo's mastery of Ellingtonia proving it isn't all about the dazzling, helter skelter side of the business. To close a marvellous couple of hours or so, Adrian returned to the source with Burgundy Street Blues. Russell    

Set list included: Night and DayPerdido Street BluesWeary BluesI'm Confessin'Blame it on the BluesClouds in My HeartCharlie the ChuloWrap Your Troubles in DreamsA Lull at DawnEgyptian  FantasyBuddy Bolden StompBurgundy Street Blues.  

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