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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 ...

October

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.

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)

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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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