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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 09, 2021

Jazz on a Sunday @ the Globe: John Leigh Calder Quartet - August 8

John Leigh Calder (double bass, vocals); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Alan Law (piano); Abbie Finn (drums).

I think I'm safe in saying that this was one of of the most unusual jazz gigs that the Co-op/Globe has booked since they first floated the project seven years ago and it is power to their elbow that they try to cover both ends of the spectrum and that wonderful world that lies in between.

Birdland, in NYC, proudly claims to be The Jazz Center of the World and, apart from Gotham City's other jazz clubs, few would argue against it.

Tonight's guest wore a Birdland T-shirt prompting the thought that, the Globe, in Newcastle, could make a similar boast regarding the north east. I always think of Ira Gershwin's line in They All Laughed: They all laughed at Rockefeller Center now they're fighting to get in. Substitute Rockefeller Center for the Globe and the similarities are there. Certainly tonight's socially distanced event met that criteria, albeit without any fighting. 

I must confess that John Leigh Calder was a new name to me and, even now, a few hours later, the jury is still out.

His vocal range is amazing - maybe too amazing, the falsetto excursions really were overdone, irrespective of his technical mastery. In truth, close your eyes and the chances are you may have thought it was a woman singing. 

A couple of blues, 1970s pops, a few jazz standards and, with the exception of Yellow Submarine, perhaps two of The Beatles' silliest songs ever - Norwegian Wood and Fool on the Hill.

Calder's bass playing was of the minimalist variety which is no bad thing. He hit all the right notes and in the right order. Alongside him, and blowing up a storm, Law, Keeble and Finn were in there doing the biz despite little, if any, rehearsal.

An interesting vocal adventure. Lance.

Evenin'; Corcovado; Masquerade; Room With a View of the Blues; Norwegian Wood; Night and Day; A Night in Tunisia; Isn't it Funny? (a Calder original); Work Song; The Fool on the Hill; All Blues/Everyday I Have the Blues; A Rainy Night in Georgia; Caravan; Alfie.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

2 encores at the end of the night you can’t do better than that.

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