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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.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Tenement Jazz Band @ the Prohibition Bar, Newcastle - Sept. 10

(Photo © Kaveh Emami)

Chuck Deerness (trumpet); Paddy Darley (trombone); Steven Feast (reeds); John Youngs (banjo, guitar); Simon Toner (bass)

I've heard this Edinburgh based band several times over the past few years and, to my jaded jazz ears, this was the best yet - suddenly those jaded jazz ears of mine weren't jaded at all! 

Front man Youngs announced the music as trad jazz. Traditional jazz yes, trad jazz no! There is a difference.

I've heard very few bands that can deliver such an infectious rhythm as these guys do - and without a drummer. Certainly the swing dancers didn't seem bothered by the absence of metronomic thumps on the bass drum.

Although they included numbers by King Oliver  and Bunk Johnson, the feel was that of the white Chicagoans - the Austin High School Gang no less with maybe a dash of Freddy Randall and Alex Welsh added for good measure.

The presence of the swing dancers added to the ambience giving the gig a sort of 1930s' party atmosphere driven along by trumpet ace Deerness who, in the words of one of the pundits present, kept it all together. He certainly did that.

Feast played some tasty tenor reminiscent of early Bud Freeman and got a lovely sound on clarinet - a Backun Canadian made instrument that was a new name to me. I was impressed.

On trombone and odd socks Darley blew like Ory with the occasional suggestion of, say, Lou McGarity.

Leader Youngs alternated between banjo and guitar. On the former instrument he sounded like all players of the former instrument do but, on the latter, he played some delightful chordal solos that  would surely have been given an approving nod by George Barnes or Roly Veitch.

Bassist Toner has been in and out of the band since its formation and tonight he was back in playing as well as ever and occasionally sawing away with the bow which is rare with bands playing in this idiom.

Their workload was tremendous. I had to leave after a couple of hours (with short interval) to catch the bus and, I'm told, they played another five tunes!

It was good to meet up again Kaveh Emami who kindly sent me some photos which I've collated herealong with some he sent me a few years ago. Lance

* More vintage photos from Kaveh.

Dusty Rag; Barataria; Snake Rag; Out of Nowhere; Some of These Days; The Minstrel Man; Chlo-e; Someday You'll be Sorry; Big Chief Battleaxe; At a Georgia Camp Meeting; She's Crying For me; The Kinklets; Hey! What's the Matter Now?; Bouncin' Around; Till we Meet Again (Smile Awhile); The Lively Rag; You're Driving me Crazy + Maria Elena; That Teasin' Rag; Copenhagen; Weary Blues; The Old Rugged Cross.

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