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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Sunday, August 08, 2021

Rendezvous Jazz remembering Tom Hall @ The Red Lion, Earsdon - August 7

Maureen Hall (vocals); Gavin Lee (clarinet, soprano sax); Gordon Solomon (trombone); Malcolm Armstrong (piano); Tom Darbyshire (double bass); George Davidson (drums, vocals) + John Broddle (vocals) 

It had been a while, the best part of eighteen months. Maureen Hall confessed to being a little nervous. To add to any anxiety, two of the band almost didn't make it. The A19 closed to traffic, Tom Darbyshire and Gavin Lee were obliged to take the scenic route, arriving in Earsdon some twenty minutes after the advertised eight o'clock start. 

Maureen dedicated the evening to her husband Tom who sadly died a little over one year ago. It was to be an evening of memories and stories of Tom and his mischievous sense of humour. On an occasion such as this Maureen couldn't have wished for a better supporting cast. To her left sat Gavin Lee (clarinet, soprano sax), to her right, Gordon Solomon (trombone). Well, with these guys on board Maureen was one-nil up before the downbeat! The Rendezvous Jazz rhythm section - pianist Malcolm Armstrong, depping bassist Tom Darbyshire and drummer George Davidson - laid down a secure foundation from the off. 

The boys opened up with Alabama Jubilee. It was as if they'd never been away. Everywhere You Go, Maureen's first vocal of the evening, dispatched any lingering nerves. A puff of the cheeks suggested Maureen was pleased/relieved that the show was well and truly back on the road. The applause from the band's regular supporters must have been like a shot in the arm! 

Apex Blues took it down with Gavin Lee in tremendous form. Perhaps our man from County Durham spent his many lockdown days in the shed: assured, fluent, inventive and more. Doctor Jazz closed an enjoyable first set. You've heard the tune a million times, but no matter, it's a winner every time. 

I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate ventured Maureen, an instrumental take on Bobby Shafto more or less fell apart at its end, but everyone laughed it off with the audience happily singing along. Maureen took a breather as the boys worked out which key they should be in on Canal Street Blues. They got there in the end! Friend of Rendezvous Jazz, Mr John Broddle joined the band to sing a couple of numbers -  Roses of Picardy and Sweet Lorraine. It's always a pleasure to listen to JB's casually swinging vocals. 

Maureen returned to conclude the evening's entertainment with the spiritual Light from Your Lighthouse. It had been an entertaining evening. Maureen wanted the occasion here at the Red Lion to be one filled with happy memories of Tom - at home, at work, on the cricket field - and that's exactly how it turned out.  

Next month's session is on Saturday 4th September, eight o'clock start, £3 on the door. And before then, this Friday (August 13), Maureen and the boys will be resuming their weekly lunchtime session at the Monkseaton Arms (1:00pm) with special guest, pianist Ian Wynne! 
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