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13,822 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1239 of them this year alone and, so far, 66 this month (Oct. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 18: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 18: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Wed 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 20: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 20: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 20: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 8:00pm.

Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 21: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra.
Thu 21: Alter Ego @ St James' & St Basil's Church, Newcastle 7:30pm.
Thu 21: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Mick Shoulder Quartet @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Quartet featuring Alex Clarke (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist).
Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Paul Edis Trio w Ruth Lambert @ St Cuthbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Michael Feinstein @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 22: Peter Morgan Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 23: Mary Coughlan @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 23: Têtes de Pois @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 24 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 24: Voices of Virtue Gospel Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 4:00pm.
Sun 24: Milne Glendinning Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Shiver and Run Logan Run @ Gosforth Civic Centre - Sept. 30

Shiver: Chris Sharkey (guitar); Andy Champion (electric bass); Luke Reddin-Williams (drums)

(© Ken Drew)
This appearance  by Shiver appear was in support of the launch of their new album Night School which is being released through the festival’s sister label New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings. The title comes from the burning down of Sharkey’s abandoned old school – 'I can’t remember exactly when my old school burnt down but I can tell you I was there.' The piece was developed several years ago and the recording was actually made in Leeds in 2015 after consuming fish sandwiches the size of dolphins from their local Leeds chippy (surely they should have been the size of Sharkies).

(© Ken Drew)
The evening's performance consisted  of an unbroken symphonic rendition of that recording.  Opening with a long, gentle, melodic guitar solo from Sharkey before Champion’s throbbing electric bass entered the fray. With the drums and electronic bow to the fore an industrial techno theme developed and proceedings really began to hot up as the band blazed away. A gentle bass lead with drums and guitar in support seemed to herald the end of the fire but the flames seemed to have returned as the band cranked it up once more with a Hendrix like section. Finally the embers petered out with a gentle and graceful finale.    

A fascinating immersive creation which  frequently managed  to wrong foot the audience with its unpredictable changes of direction providing a  thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining experience.


Run Logan Run:

Andrew Neil Hayes (sax/electronics) Matt Brown (drums);  Dan Messore (bass guitar)

(© Ken Drew)
Run Logan Run as their name suggest hit the ground with a bang from the very first blast. Powerhouse drumming and tenor playing supplemented by bass guitar and the clever use of electronic loops got everyone energized from the off. 

The band hail from Bristol, home of the great nineties’ band Portishead, and although off a different genre I was still able to detect a hint of influence. A mixture of tracks from their newly launched album - For a Brief Moment I Could Smell The Flowers - were interspersed with older material. The outcome was a punchy creative all enveloping jazz and grungy high energy  soundscape. Yet amongst this raw energetic maelstrom emerged another side with a delightful straight ahead ballad in the middle of the set.
(© Ken Drew)

The final two pieces of the evening couldn’t have been more appropriately chosen Give Me Back My Slippers and then what everyone  needed after such a high energy performance Cold Showers. Steve H

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