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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.

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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