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14264 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 83 this month (May 26).

From This Moment On ...

May.

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: Jam session @ Fabio's Bar, Durham. 8:00pm. A Durham Uni Jazz Soc event. All welcome.
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.

June

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Album review: Stan Martin Quartet Live @ the Airport Jazz Club (1988)

Stan Martin (clarinet, tenor sax); Norman Rudd (piano); Alan Rudd (bass); Bob Arkley (drums).

This one came out of left field and is an absolute historical gem. Recorded live over a number of sessions at the Airport Social Club, Newcastle in 1988, it serves as a timely reminder of two of the north east's finest mainstream players both of whom are sadly no longer with us.

Stan Martin and Norman Rudd formed a musical affinity way back in the day when they were members of the legendary Panama Jazzmen. An affinity that remained very much in evidence when these numbers were recorded maybe 30/40 years later.

Martin, unlike most local clarinetists back then, didn't seek to emulate either Johnny Dodds or, at the other extreme, Buddy DeFranco but opted instead for the husky tones of Pee Wee Russell or Archie Semple. Likewise, on tenor his role  model was most likely Ben Webster - he had the same growly sound albeit with not quite as full a tone although close.

Rudd (Norman) came from the same era - Fats Waller, Joe Sullivan, Teddy Wilson, Dill Jones - in Harlem he'd have been an in-demand regular at neighbourhood rent parties. His solo feature on Here's That Rainy Day is just about as good as it gets.

Rudd (Alan) and Bob Arkley are employed mainly in a supportive role which in no way lessens their importance. The rhythm flows unobtrusively giving the soloists the perfect cushion.

You want to have some fun? subject a jazz friend to a blindfold test and slip one of these tracks in. I guarantee that, after his failure to guess correctly, his next question will be: "How can I get hold of a copy?"

Well, Alan Rudd, who took advantage of the enforced lockdown to put this compilation together, tells me that once Classic Swing get playing live again he will have copies available at gigs or direct from: ar.music@virginmedia.com

It's a landmark in north east jazz history and, amazingly well recorded. Lance

1 comment :

Laurie Brown (on F/b) said...

Great quartet used to go often. Stan also came and sat in with us at The Porthole. Anyone remember when on piano he only liked playing the black notes?!

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