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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.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Steve Oakes Quartet plus Ray Butcher @ the Railway, Stockport -August 3

Steve Oakes (guitar); Ed Kainyek (tenor sax); Ray Butcher (trumpet, flugel); Grant Russell (bass); Tim Franks (drums)

Steve Oakes, an interesting guitarist living in Northwich, Cheshire, is well known to north-west jazz fans.

Tonight Steve’s selection of tunes included three standards plus themes written by Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, John Schofield Abdullah Ibrahim, and Sonny Rollins all played brilliantly by a band that knew what it – modern jazz – is all about. 


Guest trumpet player Ray Butcher impressed me with his big brassy sound and put me in mind of a trumpeter who used to be on some of Coltrane’s Prestige albums, Idrees Sulieman.  Tim Franks was taking care of things on drums and Grant Russell played some powerful solos on his triangular-shaped bass.

It was good to see Ed Kainyek in the line-up as I’d heard it on the grapevine – as one does - that he had moved to Leeds but, here he was blowing up a storm with that huge sound of his.  No mics were used on the gig and they were not needed as on some of the tunes, even unmiked, the sound was a bit too loud at times.   

Steve likes to bring along a box of effects but, thankfully. he has the good taste to not over use them           

The next gig at the Railway is Sunday August 8 with guitarist Glen Cartledge’s Quartet. Mike Farmer.

Au Privave; Red Clay; Alone Together; Winelight; Nature Boy; The Water is Wide; Keep Me In Mind; Spain; My Foolish Heart; Oleo.

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