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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.

Friday, September 03, 2021

Classic Swing @ the Crescent Club Cullercoats

(Pic by Russell)
Alan Marshall (alto sax); Tommy Moran (tenor sax); Neville Hartley (trombone); Jeremy McMurray (piano); Alan Rudd (bass); Tommy Graham (drums); Olive Rudd (vocals).

It was good to hear Classic Swing swing again in a new - to them - venue. The band offering an enjoyable alternative to the more New Orleans' style jazz usually associated with the club - there's room for all genres.

Apart from some tried and tested standards, Tommy Moran had penned a few originals that gave the band a mid-thirties small group sound, not too far removed from some of the later Lyttleton bands.

Alan Marshall was making his first appearance with the band and he blew some agile alto. Tommy, apart from his arrangements, also chipped in with some booting tenor whilst Neville Hartley - that most underrated of north-east trombonists - also slotted in seamlessly.

Tommy paid tribute to the band's previous pianist, the late Colin Haikney, with a piece entitled The Master's Magic with Jeremy adding his own touch of magic.

Down in the engine room, Alan Rudd and Tommy Graham kept the ship on an even keel and, of course, it wouldn't be Classic Swing without some classic swing vocals from Olive who bewitched us with When You're Smiling; S'Wonderful; It's a Sin to Tell a Lie; Some of These Days; Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; My Melancholy Baby and Tuxedo Junction. Olive also sang Summertime.

Instrumentals included Oh Lady be Good!; Strike Up the Band and a couple more by Tommy (Moran) - Classic Swing and Jeremy's Jive.

An enjoyable afternoon that included meeting up with a couple of former inmates of J.G, Windows Ltd. Lance

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