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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Sat 21: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Market Place, Darlington. 11:00am - 3:00pm. All star line-up!
Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Opus 4 Jazz Club - September 17

Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Graham Hardy (trumpet); Dean Stockdale (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums)

It had been a long while. The last time Opus 4 Jazz Club met must have been something like eighteen months ago. Concerts cancelled, concerts postponed, concerts rearranged, a nightmare for the promoter, not much fun for the many musicians scheduled to appear, and the audience deprived of its monthly modern jazz club session. Now, mid-September 2021, we're back at the Traveller's Rest in Cockerton, Darlington. 


Not much had changed - many familiar faces sat at their usual tables, making frequent visits to the downstairs bar to replenish a glass - Ossett Brewery's Yorkshire Blonde - and MC Mr N Robinson introduced the band. This evening, Abbie Finn's Finntet. Now here's a thing, Abbie and the boys hit the ground running...Lester Left Town, Nutville and Dat Dere. That's the way to start a set, three bop classics one after the other! Drummer Abbie in Blakey mode, driving the band with unstinting energy and enthusiasm, the boys responded to the whip hand. The horns - Harry Keeble on tenor, Graham Hardy firing on trumpet - played a blinder. The rhythm section - Abbie, pianist Dean Stockdale, and the man at the back, bassist Paul Grainger - right on the money. 

A couple of original compositions - one from Keeble, one from Grainger - warranted their inclusion in the set list alongside Ellis Marsalis' Swinging at the Haven and a favourite of Mr Robinson, Dear Johnny B. The latter number being Tubby Hayes' tribute to his former bandmate, EmCee 5 drummer Johnny Butts. It had been a grand return here at the Traveller's Rest, next month, October 15, it's the Sue Ferris Quintet.

(Photo courtesy of Peter Bevan)

Earlier in the week across town at the Forum Music Centre on Borough Road, Abbie Finn linked up with Rick Laughlin and co to play Acoustic Infusion's regular monthly gig. A busy girl is wor Abbie!  Russell

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