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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

Scarborough Jazz Festival: Sunday Evening - Sept. 26

By Sunday evening my mounting ailments were making me feel all of my newly arrived at sixty years. Sunday evening is an early finish with only two shows, but a two hour drive ahead and work on Monday, and with Mrs T all but  jazzed out, latte and a residency near the back of the hall was the order of the day.

The Phil Robson Trio were one of the bands that drew me back to the Scarborough Jazz Festival this year. Barnes introduced them as three virtuosos and Robson as one of the best guitarists in the world – no doubt about that. Ross Stanley was back, having circumnavigated the globe twice since Friday, in the world's only flying Hammond B3 Organ, playing thirty seven gigs across eight continents. Drummer Gene Calderazzo completed this incredible small group.


A couple of Robson originals: Second Thoughts and Ash Astral, the latter a tribute to Canadian born but mostly UK resident, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.


Robson is a master guitarist in all departments, with little flash or chops for the sake of it, though this can be summoned when required. The best guitarists create space, mood and colours, with subtlety and understatement just as effective tools.    

Chomping at the Bit was based on I Got Rhythm and was followed by Never Let Me Go by Roy Harper by way of Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley, from an album Robson has apparently played to death and I’ve come across many times, and it sounds like I need to bag one.


King Canute got funky and Thief was based on three Herbie Hancock pieces he’d stolen from.


Robson has recently moved from New York to Western Ireland, reflected in two new pieces: a ballad called Re-Valley and an up-tempo piece Callow Freeway, which apparently runs near his house, in Ireland not NYC.  


It was fitting that festival organiser Mike Gordon introduced the final act since it was a band led by Alan Barnes, who’d introduced all the bands up to that point, and in a way only he can. My wife claims that I automatically go into hysterics every time he opens his mouth and it’s true I find him hilarious even when I can’t hear his jokes. I love the way his regular side-wo/men – people like trumpeter Bruce Adams and multi reedsperson Karen Sharp (back for the third set of the weekend) -  keep a straight face through his tirades, even when they’re the target of his wit.

Had I turned seventy or eighty this weekend, instead of sixty, I would have no doubt described this as more really real jazz; it was the most ‘trad’ of all the sets I caught across the festival, and very welcome at that.    


By now I wasn’t really taking any notes but the idea was that each of the guests in the octet would feature on one track. Bruce Adams got Escapology, trombone legend Mark Nightingale did a bossa nova with a French title, reedsperson Robert Fowler’s was I believe called Nostalgic, and so on. It was a fine way to end a splendid festival but hardly my centre of gravity in jazz so we decided to beat the traffic and grab an early exit.  


For the final session we found we were sat near a chap we’d been talking to on Friday, just as things were getting started. Nice chap and I asked him which bands he’d enjoyed the most. The first two that afternoon he said: Fergus McCreadie and Tony Kofi. I’d tried to do two bands from each of the six sessions but only managed eleven from a possible total of seventeen. I think I enjoyed O’Higgins/ Luft, Hans Koller, Jean Toussaint and Tony Kofi the most, but it was all good; the best all-round line-up since I started going whatever year it was Tony Kofi paired up with Allan Barnes.


An intoxicating blend of many styles of jazz from almost all eras at a brilliant venue in my favourite seaside town. Next year I’ll be another year older. Bring it on. Steve T


Russell said...

Steve, I've enjoyed reading your Scarborough reviews. I hope to see you there next year.

Steve T said...

Twould be great if a few went.

Simon Spillett said...

Trad is not a word I'd apply to Alan's band.

Chris Kilsby said...

Steve, very many thanks for your obviously heartfelt and perceptive "reviews", or actually "stories". It felt like I was there, in a different Scarborough to the faded seaside resort I know. I'm intrigued, and encouraged to attend some time!

Lance said...

Simon, perhaps Steve forgot to mention Alan's banjo solo!

Steve T said...

Nor would I, hence the use of 'more' and inverted commas around trad. (Sadly) I know many people who think trad is anything that doesn't have a bass guitar and a Fender Rhodes and wouldn't distinguish between the Hot Fives and the Second Great Quintet. Darn it I missed the banjo but some fine clarinet.

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