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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Dave Weisser's Birthday Party - The music. Sept. 22

(Pic by Russell)
David Gray (trombone, vocal); Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Abbie Finn (drums).

Trombonist Gray is probably the coolest looking dude in the jazz world although his actual playing is hotter than the hobs of hell. In the course of a solo he can cover just about the whole history of jazz trombone from Kid Ory to Roswell Rudd and beyond - way beyond.

He demonstrated that tonight with his individual take on classics such as Autumn Leaves, and Beatrice as well as an original titled Silver Orcas which is about killer whales. Talking of killers, Erroll Garner's Misty contained one of the evening's many surprises - a David Gray vocal! The boy done good and it will be interesting to chart his progress in this direction.

Of course this wasn't a one man show. With the tried and tested talents of Stu, Paul and Abbie alongside him it was a very tight unit.

(Pic by Russell)
Debra Milne (vocals); Steve Summers (tenor sax); Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Sid White (drums).

Debra is a multi-faceted person. Singer, songwriter, bar person, Jazz Co-op director, you name it. Tonight, as well as pulling pints she delivered a delightful set of the tried and tested. Perdido; Corcovado, the bop anthem Well You Needn't which had some Monkish piano from Stu and Steve Summers in the role of Charlie Rouse and, to finish, Let There be Love. There was indeed a lot of love in the room tonight for birthday boy Dave Weisser as Debra remembered  the CD compilations that Dave meticulously put together as raffle prizes at the Wednesday night workshops he has hosted at various venues over the years.

(Pic by Russell)
Kenny Kirsopp (alto/tenor sax); John Wilson (guitar); Jude Murphy (bass/vocal); Maddog Davis (drums) + Dave Weisser (vocal).

This was a blast and a half! How could it not be with Kenny Kirsopp (aka Kenny the Sax), John Wilson (aka The General), Maddog Davis (aka Michael) and Jude Murphy (aka Ms Wonderful)?

(Pic by Russell)
They stomped off in a bebop vein - was it Scrapple From the Apple? - blistering tenor, immaculate guitar, sound bass and drums. The heat intensified with The Chicken (or was it Cantaloupe Island? I always confuse the two!). Mercy, Mercy, Mercy not only had KK sticking both horns in his gob à la Roland Kirk but also a vocal by the birthday boy himself that brought the house down.

The set finished with Cissy Strut with some super scatting by Jude who, during the course of the evening also played flute and put the whole shebang together - nice one.

(Pic by Jude on F/b)
Mo Scott (vocals); Stu Collingwood (piano); Neil Harland (bass guitar); Tom Atkinson (drums).

Time to sing the blues and who better to do that than Mo Scott? Kicking it off with T-Bone Shuffle we were quickly transported from NE4 to the south side of Chicago as Mo made like T-Bone Walker. Never Make Your Move too Soon, God Bless the Child, Yellow Moon never sounded better and a Sonny Boy Williams number had Jude and Rachel Richman  tripping the light fantastic. If there had been more space I think the whole room would have have been shaking it about. Tom Atkinson stepped in on drums at the last minute and, along with Stu and Neil, gave Mo the perfect backing

Sadly, I missed the final set as the number 27 beckoned and, equally sadly, I missed most of the first set by the Railway St. (Wednesday night) Regulars due to transport hiccups. Nevertheless, I was delighted with what I heard and it was a fitting tribute to Dave who, upon reflection, I've probably known longer than most people in the room - Lance

4 comments :

soznak said...

sounds fabulous sorry I missed it

Jude (on F/b) said...

Aw, thanks Lance. Lovely words. BTW, our second tune was Sidewinder

Ann Alex said...

Sorry I missed it. Happy Birthday to Dave, who is always supportive to Jam singers like myself!

Teresa Danby (on F/b) said...

Just read Lance Liddle's lovely review of the party ..and yes I still have the great CD compilations Dave made for Mick D ....who was at the party in spirit perhaps. .?

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