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Postage

13,645 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1264 of them this year alone and, so far, 91 this month (Oct. 27).

From This Moment On ...

October

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 28: J Frisco @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 28: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: James Birkett & Bradley Johnston @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm..
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.

Sun 31 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon..
Sun 31: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 31: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Jam session..
Sun 31: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 31: Spooky Jazz @ The Shed, Wylam Library..
6:00-7:30pm. Free, collection for Parkinson's UK.
Sun 31: Alison Rayner Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

November

Mon 01: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 03: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 03: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 03: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 03: Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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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