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

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

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Postage

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.

Friday, October 08, 2021

Swing Manouche @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall - Oct. 8

Mick Shoulder (guitar); Danny Lowndes-Smith (guitar); Henry Palfrey (guitar); Ray Winning (clarinet); Paul Grainger (double bass)

The lunchtime jazz sessions at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (BATH) resumed today. It had been quite some time since the last concert in the (Stan) Laurel Cafe. In common with every other venue, the pandemic put a stop to all activities. In addition, a lengthy refurbishment programme delayed matters further. To celebrate the resumption of jazz at BATH, Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche took inspiration from Django Reinhardt. 

Mid-2021 Swing Manouche took on a new look. Guitarist Danny Lowndes-Smith joined the outfit, as did clarinetist Ray Winning having recently relocated from Lincolnshire to Rowlands Gill. The new line-up - Mick, Danny, Ray and the man for any and every occasion, bassist Paul Grainger - was set fair. And so to this afternoon...

As Swing Manouche opened with When Day is Done the quartet had become a quintet! Not only was Henry Palfrey making his debut with the band, it transpired this was rhythm guitarist Henry's first ever gig, anywhere! How nervous must the man have been?! During the one hour performance Mick introduced his band mates. Informing the audience that this was Henry's first time on a public stage the reaction couldn't have been more supportive as sustained applause rang around the room! Nuages, Djangology, Minor Swing, the familiar repertoire couldn't have been other than a help to the new man.
 
As the hour was almost up, Mick introduced the band one more time: Danny (an excellent Djangologist), Ray (a superb clarinetist), Paul (on top form), Henry (holding his own in hot company). And, of course, band leader Mick Shoulder. If this is to be Swing Manouche's settled line-up be sure to catch the band when you get the opportunity. And the band's next gig just happens to be tomorrow (Saturday) at Claypath Deli in Durham. It's a seven o'clock start, a tenner admission. Russell
      

Set list: When Day is DoneAnniversary SongNuagesDouce AmbianceMysteriousDjangologyMinor SwingTroublant BoleroDark Eyes.   

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