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14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

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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