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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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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.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Richard Wetherall Trio @ the Railway, Stockport - Oct. 10

Richard Wetherall (piano); Ed Harrison (bass); Eryl Roberts (drums).

One thing that I have noticed about jazz events at the Railway is that most of the four or five piece bands that play there get through maybe ten to twelve numbers. However, this Sunday evening the piano-led trio of Richard Wetherall played a total of fifteen tunes! A varied selection containing a couple of Strayhorn ballads, bebop classics by Miles, Monk, and Parker plus some numbers with a strong Latin influence.  At the start of the concert Richard mentioned he had already played two gigs one of which was in Marsden. Yorkshire but during the first tune tonight, a fast Make Someone Happy he showed no sign of the tiredness that he’d referred to previously.

The highlights for me were many but I liked his version of the Ray Bryant tune Cubano Bop which is a challenge for bass and drums although Ed and Eryl were well up to the task. I used to own an EP of Bryant playing this tune and, if I recall correctly, Jo Jones did some fantastic drum work. Another high spot was in the second set when Richard really took off into some abstract stuff on an up-tempo Milestones. At the end of the number he mentioned how much he liked the late Don Pullen - another pianist who died too young.  

The only tune I thought I could have done without was the Thad Jones composition A Child Is Born  but this soon morphed into a breakneck  Moose the Mooche, bringing this evening to a very satisfying conclusion. I look forward to a return visit by this excellent trio.  

The next jazz night at the Railway is tomorrow, Tuesday Oct. 12, with the Paul Hartley Quartet featuring saxman Rod Mason   Admission Free 9:00pm-11:00pm – Mike Farmer.

Make Someone Happy; Cubano Bop; El Ceilo; The Mountain; Moonlight In Vermont; Bye Bye Blackbird; Straight No Chaser; I Love You; A Flower is a Lovesome Thing; Lotus Blossom; Carioca; Team ACL; Milestones; A Child is Born; Moose the Mooche.

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