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14362 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 581 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...

June

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm. CANCELLED!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

July

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at: www.jazz.coop.
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs. @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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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