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Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Whitley Bay Carnival: Northern Monkey Brass Band (1:00-1:45pm & 4:00-4:45pm); Baghdaddies (2:00-2:45pm & 5:00-5:45pm) @ Spanish City Plaza Arena, Whitley Bay. Northern Monkey Brass Band (2:30-2:45pm) @ Rainbow Corner (Marine Ave.), Whitley Bay.
Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 29 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Hartlepool United Supporters’ Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Groovetrain @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 29: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Allendale Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:30pm.
Sun 29: Two of a Mind: Sue Ferris-Steve Summers Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.
Sun 29: Cedric Burnside @ Cluny, Newcastle. Superb Mississippi hill country blues!

Mon 30: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Rob Walker.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra @ Sage Gateshead - Oct. 9

(Pic by Lance)
Gig of the year? Undoubtedly! Dig out your Roget's Thesaurus and look up "Superlatives" and select any word or phrase you care to. I particularly like "of the first water" which was originally a system used for grading diamonds. This session truly was a diamond of the first water.

What was, by all accounts, the same programme that has already been reviewed on BSH only a couple of weeks ago by Steve T at Scarby Jazz Fest - read here - found me in total agreement with him when he observed that Ms Iles had some "serious guests" - she sure did!

The personnel  was the ultimate dream team with not a freeloader aboard. Everyone a star in their own right. The solos were great as were the compositions and the arrangements - loved every minute of it. 

Nikki Iles (pictured above right with retired jazz journalist Peter Bevan) and the orchestra, to my ears, has re-written big band jazz. Okay, maybe I'm going a little over the top but - hand on heart - this session knocked me out as much as, maybe even more, than anything I've heard from say Mike Gibbs, Westbrook, Wheeler, Dankworth etc. This was Boyd Raeburn in the twenty first century. If you weren't in the audience then your life has, overnight, become so much poorer. Lance.

(Pic by Russell)

Wild OakHushFace to FaceHero with a Thousand FacesRed EllenThe Caged BirdBig SkyHighlandsDo it AgainHero with a Thousand Faces

Nikki Iles (MD, piano); Andy Schofield, Paul Jones, Julian Siegel, Tori Freestone, Karen Sharp, Gareth Lockrane (reeds); Henry Lowther, Tom Walsh, Ryan Quigley, Nick Smart (trumpets); Gordon Campbell, Oli Martin, Harry Maund, Richard Henry (trombones); Mike Walker (guitar); Steve Watts (bass); Ian Thomas (drums)

2 comments :

Unknown said...

Sensational- it was a privilege to be there.....
Nicky Iles has become a superb arranger/composer as well as being a fine pianist in her own right.
The Band was outstanding and they thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of the formidable charts and the live performance
judging by the smiles and admiring looks from the players.
'Sounds Of Surprise' solos came from guitarist Mike Walker, Nicki herself and the flautist at the end of the front row (whose name eludes me)
Dave B.

Lance said...

Gareth Lockrane.

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