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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 ...

August

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

Helen Pillinger and Carole Williams Quintet @ the Railway, Stockport – August 22

Carole Williams (keyboards, trombone, vocals); Paul Hartley (guitar); Peter Hartley (bass guitar); Helen Pillinger (tenor sax); Eryl Roberts (drums)

Last night the group featured was an interesting one in that it included three members of the same family - Carole Williams (keyboards, trombone, vocals); husband Paul Hartley (guitar); and son Peter Hartley (bass guitar).

Helen Pillinger is a fine tenor sax player with a tone and style similar to that of Hank Mobley in his latter-day period. I thought her feature,  Isfahan  from Duke’s Far East Suite, was a great rendition. Looking for information on the internet I see she went to Leeds School of Music (now Conservatoire) and later studied at Salford University. The photo shows Carole and Helen on trombone and tenor respectively at the Railway - date unknown.

Carol Williams also did a fine job on her version of Willow Weep For Me her trombone having a nice round brassy sound which I liked a lot.  The group’s repertoire was interesting containing a Joe Henderson tune as an opener, three Horace Silver compositions, and one by Jaco Pastorius called Two Views of a Secret that I had not heard before.  The band got into a Latin groove on Ivan Lins' tune Madalena  which had Carole playing keyboard and singing a wordless vocal alongside the theme. This group is certainly unusual in its approach and I must give a mention to the young bass player Peter Hartley who did everything that was required. 

Eryl Roberts again played some wonderful stuff on drums and I would be surprised if he doesn’t turn up tomorrow (August 24) when Paul Hartley’s Quartet features another important member of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Mike Hope on tenor sax. Mike Farmer

Recorda me; Looking up; Two Views of a Secret; Strollin;  Silver’s Serenade; Willow Weep For Me; Any Song But My Own; Tom Thumb; Madalena; Isfahan,;Come Escape With Me; Filthy McNasty.

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