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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

Mon 08: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 08: Central Bar Quintet plays John Jenkins with Kenny Burrell @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. Concert performance (featuring Giles Strong) + jam session. £5.00 (free admission to sitters-in).

Tue 09: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Mark Williams, Katy Trigger, King David Ike-Elechi.
Tue 09: Abbie Finn Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.

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.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Paul Hartley Quartet w. Mike Hope @ The Railway, Stockport - August 24

Paul Hartley (guitars); Ed Harrison (bass); Eryl Roberts (drums); Mike Hope (tenor sax).

Paul’s guest on this occasion was a player who, like a previous guest Suzanne Fonseca, is a member of the famed Syd Lawrence Orchestra, playing tenor/alto sax and clarinet.

For his trip to the Railway he elected to bring his tenor sax and he played a nice selection of tunes starting with an up-tempo workout on Parker’s Relaxin’ at Camarillo  If I had to describe Mike Hope’s playing approach I would say a mixture of Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, with a hint of Warne Marsh. He certainly knows his way around the saxophone and he was well served by the rhythm section who benefited greatly from the presence of Ed Harrison - if you need a first rate bassman he is the one to get.

Hartley played some fine solos on his regular guitar but changed to a different instrument for tunes that needed a Latin groove such as O Grande Amour. When I hear this tune I always think of Stan Getz and the short-lived group he had with Richie Beirach, Dave Holland, and Jack DeJohnette on a hot afternoon in Central Park during the Schaefer Jazz Festival 1973.  Those days have gone but Mike’s rendition brought the memories flooding back. 

I am now looking forward to this Sunday and the first post-lockdown gig – Aug 29 - at the Railway for the great tenor player Dean Masser so arrive early to grab a good seat. 9:00pm-11:00pm. Mike Farmer

Relaxin’ at Camarillo; There Will Never Be Another You; My Foolish Heart; Triste; Desifinado; How Deep Is The Ocean?; I’ll Remember April; O Grande Amour; Anthropology; But Beautiful; I Want To Be Happy.

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