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Pat Thomas: “He’s definitely one to watch, he's going to be a breath of fresh air for the jazz scene. What I like is he [Xhosa Cole] plays like Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins - you don't hear anybody come from that. He knows tunes like "Fried Bananas" by Dexter Gordon and he can play free as well." - (The Wire September 2021)

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Postage

13,698 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Sept. 17).

From This Moment On ...

September

Fri 17: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 17: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Cockerton, Darlington. 8:00pm.

Sat 18: Baghdaddies @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 18: David Gray Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 19: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 19: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Westbourne Road, Hartlepool TS25 5RB. 1:00pm. South Durham Social Club aka Steelworks or Steelies. New venue for Teesside's premier big band.
Sun 19: Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 19: Green Tangerines + Knats @ Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.
Sun 19: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public)
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Celebrating TITTB's 20th anniversary & Dave Weisser's forthcoming birthday! Limited gig tickets (£1.00.). Free live stream. www.jazz.coop.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Preview: Sunday Night @ the Globe - The Matt Holmes - Ari Hoenig Quintet. Sept. 12

Matt Holmes (drums); Liam Brennan (alto sax); Francis Tulip (guitar); Will Markham (piano); James Owston (bass)

To be honest, the band's name isn't totally accurate. Ace NYC drummer Hoenig will not be playing although his music most certainly will and, in the more than capable hands of Matt Holmes, drummer with NYJO, I can guarantee it will well and truly be done justice.

Although Birmingham based, the quintet are not totally unknown in the north east. Francis Tulip, from the Land of the Prince Bishops, is generally regarded as the finest young guitarist to arrive on the scene since Bradley Johnston. Tulip's skills were further honed at Birmingham Conservatoire and gigs at The Globe and other venues with his own quintet have shown just how well rounded a player he now is. Despite a broken ankle, he still gave a knockout performance at the recent Newcastle Jazz Festival.

Leader Holmes (hidden by a ride cymbal in the above photo of Francis Tulip*) and pianist Markham have both played north east gigs with Tulip and bassist Owston, who is currently a regular with Clark Tracey, was a runner up behind Xhosa Cole in the 2018 BBC Jazz Musician of the Year Final. Like Tulip and Markham he also worked with Cole afterwards.

I've yet to hear Brennan but, he wouldn't be part of this quintet if he couldn't play and, googling suggests he most certainly can!

And let's not forget they're going to be playing music associated with Ari Hoenig so Matt Holmes has it all to do - I'm sure he will!

Sunday Night @ the Globe, whether watching live or online, is now the only game in town - don't miss this one - Lance

* Cropped from a shot by Debra Milne

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