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Postage

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.

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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