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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

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May

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Baghdaddies @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 11:00am. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Update on the Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society by Neil Todd

GJAS was formed early 1981 and this year is our 40th anniversary. Last August several of the committee discussed how we would celebrate the event and I have to say our plans looked quite exciting. Who would have guessed last August that we are still to some extent affected by Covid? Unfortunately our plans are on hold, so we will probably (hopefully) see a few things materialising in 2022.

GJAS hold (or should I say held?) their meetings every 2 weeks on a Thursday at Gateshead Library with our last meeting being held in early March 2020, thanks to Covid. Early last year I was elected Chairman and at the same time I also became Treasurer. Three years ago I started a Facebook page and a Twitter account for the society, which hopefully helps us to raise the profile of the Society. We are just approaching 2,500 followers on Twitter and some of the followers quite often re-tweet the tweets I post. I also use these two forms of social media to support our local musicians and their gigs wherever and whenever I get the opportunity. I was speaking to Richard Davies at the Globe last night and he asked if I could mention their gigs which I am pleased to do.

 

When I became Chairman last year one of my objectives was to increase our membership, but of course those plans are on hold as well. Unfortunately, two of our members have passed away this past year so increasing membership is a priority of mine, if we are to keep GJAS now and for the future.

 

As already mentioned, our last meeting at Gateshead Library was early last year so just after Christmas I suggested we run an online meeting which started in January this year and this has been a weekly event which we hold on a Thursday where members and guests join from 1:15pm for a 1:30 start. Not all members have been able to attend as some find technology a bit of a challenge, but those who do join in do enjoy it. 


We have some chat and play music of our choice. At the moment we use TEAMS which has replaced Skype. It is free and very easy to use. I set up a meeting and save it to the electronic calendar and then I email members with the link for the meeting. As members/guests request to join the meeting I admit them and we are then ready to start. Alan Barnes very kindly agreed to join one of our meetings a few weeks ago (see one of my attachments). I was very grateful to Alan as he stayed with us for 90 minutes sharing some interesting stories as well as playing some music.

 

Anyone interested in joining our online meetings please let me know - you will be more than welcome. Anyone who would like further details should email me at the GJAS email which is   GJAS1981@outlook.comNeil Todd

1 comment :

Lance said...

Thanks for that Neil. It was good to meet up with you last night at a great gig and to know that, despite the struggles with adversity that we are all facing the society is going from strength to strength.
Back in the 1990s, my dear friend - the late Margaret Barnes - asked me to do a talk about Art Pepper which I duly did and, despite upsetting the lectern and scattering my notes to the four corners of the room (Caedmon Hall was rather close to what was then, the Springfield Hotel)it, nevertheless seemed to go down well although when I played Art's version of Alfie with the Buddy Rich Band one listener did remark that it was almost as good as Cilla Black's!
I still have a typewritten transcript - somehere...

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