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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Postage

15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, September 27, 2021

The Roaring Twenties @ Cadogan Hall - Sept. 25

A concert long in the planning, the pandemic put paid to the original date in September last year. In the intervening period, the show's MD, Keith Nichols, sadly died. This evening's Cadogan Hall concert would take the form of a tribute to Mr Nichols. 

The concert hall in London's Sloane Square is a regular host to Richard Pite's Jazz Repertory Company presentations and this event attracted a near capacity audience. One notable absentee from the line-up was cornetist Andy Schumm, thanks to ever-changing regulations concerning international travel, our American guest stayed home in Chicago. 

The Roaring Twenties adopted a simple formula: a selection of numbers grouped together would spotlight legendary composers and/or performers with each section introduced by Kerry Shale. Members of the all-star ensemble would, in turn, step up as featured soloists. From time to time the ten-strong ensemble would be joined by several special guests. Rico Tomasso and Peter Rudeforth wowed the classic jazz aficionados, Tomasso full value with his uncanny Louis Armstrong vocals. 

Elegant pianist Martin Litton, charged with doing justice to the late Keith Nichols, did a fine job, flanked on one side by the woodwinds (Michael McQuaid, David Horniblow and Mark Crooks) and on the other by the brass (Rico Tomasso, Peter Rudeforth and Alistair Allan). As Vimala Rowe took to the stage, it appeared few in the audience had heard of, let alone heard Vimala Rowe sing. They were about to be amazed! Singing Bessie Smith numbers, Ms Rowe could justifiably lay claim to the title Empress of the Blues

Messrs Pite (drums, sousaphone, double bass), Langham (that's Tom 'Spats' Langham, banjo, guitar and vocals) and Ball (that's the youthful looking percussionist Nick Ball) were in scintillating form - close your eyes and this was the Cotton Club, Harlem NYC! 

Janice Day, a frequent participant at the Classic Jazz Party up on Tyneside, offered a cameo with a period-style rendition of Mildred Bailey singing I Like to Do Things for You. And an unexpected, but absolutely brilliant, contribution came from none other than Guy Barker playing Bixian cornet (see photo, Barker flanked by Michael McQuaid and Alistair Allan). Barker's illustrious career - from NYJO to the Guy Barker Jazz Orchestra - includes a musical association with Keith Nichols. Barker addressed the Cadogan Hall audience, recalling a first meeting with Nichols during which he asked the early jazz authority why he wanted him to play the roll of Bix Beiderbecke. Nichols replied he didn't want to engage an established specialist, he wanted someone - Barker, a dirty bopper - who would do as he was told! 

The evening had been a great success. An unexpected finale saw the ensemble joined by a young dance troupe to send us on our way with a spirited take on The Charleston. One imagines Keith Nichols would have loved it. 

Kerry Shale (presenter); Vimala Rowe (vocals); Thomas 'Spats' Langham (banjo, guitar, vocals); Rico Tomasso (trumpet); Peter Rudeforth (trumpet); Alistair Allan (trombone); Michael McQuaid (saxophones, clarinet); Mark Crooks (saxophones, clarinet); David Horniblow (saxophones, clarinet); Martin Litton (piano); Nick Ball (drums); Richard Pite (drums, sousaphone, double bass) & special guests Guy Barker (cornet); Janice Day (vocals)

Set list: Struttin' with Some BarbecueWillie the Weeper; Sugar Foot Stomp (Louis Armstrong); I'm Coming VirginiaGoose PimplesClarinet Marmalade (Bix Beiderbecke); Black Bottom StompSmokehouse BluesDr Jazz (Jelly Roll Morton); Nobody Knows You When You're Down and OutSt Louis BluesHot Time in the Old Town Tonight (Bessie Smith); Cotton Club StompBlack BeautyOld Man Blues (Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club); The Charleston.

INTERVAL

Singin' the BluesJazz Me Blues (Bix Beiderbecke); I Like to Do Things for You (Mildred Bailey); In a Mist (Bix Beiderbecke); Sidewalk BluesGeorgia SwingBurnin' the Iceberg (Jelly Roll Morton); Careless Love BluesGive Me a PigfootCakewalkin' Babies Back Home (Bessie Smith); After You've GoneMahogany Hall Stomp (Louis Armstrong); East St Louis Toodle-Oo; Creole Love CallDiga Diga Do (Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club).  

The Roaring Twenties was a Jazz Repertory Company presentation.

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