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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 ...

May.

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.

Thursday, August 05, 2021

Celebrating Miles' Jack Johnson @ The Globe - August 4

Jack Courtney (trumpet); Sue Ferris (tenor sax, flute); Tom Atkinson (guitar); Alan Law (keyboards); Deon Krishnan (bass guitar); Jeff Armstrong (drums)

Dave Weisser leading his weekly Take it to the Bridge workshop in the upstairs space at the Globe is something of an institution. This evening, thanks to a last minute change of venue from the Cluny to Newcastle Jazz Co-op's HQ on Railway Street, guitarist Tom Atkinson brought in an all-star sextet to play music from Miles Davis' Jack Johnson album. Miles upstairs, Miles downstairs! 

At eight o'clock Take it to the Bridge was well under way, it would be another hour before the bell sounded for the Jack Johnson bout. At nine...Seconds out! Ding! Ding! Jack Courtney opened with ear-splitting wah-wah pedal trumpet. Wow! If Miles himself had walked in he'd have said something along the lines of: Who the f*** is this mother******? Way back in the days of the old Caff on Pink Lane, Courtney sat-in at a jam session. Impressive? Yes, but nothing like the stuff we were hearing this evening at the Globe. Fearless, every note bang on the money, this was 'Electric Miles' to a tee. 

Sue Ferris, small in stature, perhaps, went toe-to-toe with Courtney, blowing some coruscating tenor. Pianist Alan Law wound it up, the electric keyboard sound Miles was looking for was right here at the Globe. The backline boys, Messrs Krishnan and Armstrong set up a groove from the downbeat and that was that, absolutely killing all night long. If five and six string bassist Deon Krishnan is on a gig it can't be anything other than a funk-fest and that's exactly what we got. Superb. 

Tom Atkinson put together tonight's band. As band leaders go, our man isn't one for the limelight, rather, he's content to let the musicians on the stand interpret the music as they hear it. The Jack Johnson set done (Right Off and Yesternow), Atkinson ventured Miles Beyond (Mahavishnu Orchestra), putting his own blues-rock stamp on John McLaughlin's post-Miles supergroup. 
         
Tom Atkinson's six piece band will do it all again tonight in Darlington. The Forum Music Centre on Borough Road is the place to be at 8:00pm, perhaps 9:00pm. Book online at: www.ticketweb.uk
Russell 
                

1 comment :

Unknown said...

So kind as always Russell. Thank you. The band enjoyed it as much as the audience did :)

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