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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: King Bees @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm.

Monday, November 08, 2021

Buxton International Festival Appoints Neil Hughes as New Jazz Director

(Press release)

Buxton International Festival (BIF) is delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Hughes as the Festival’s new Jazz Director. Neil joins the creative team for BIF 2022 (7-24 July) with immediate effect.

Commenting, Neil says: “I am delighted to bring my twenty years Jazz experience to Buxton. The talent we have booked for the festival highlights the strength in depth of UK artists. We will cover all genres from Basie to Bowie over seventeen wonderful concerts.” 

Michael Williams, Buxton’s CEO adds: “This is a really exciting development for BIF and Neil has pulled a mighty programme together for 2022 with some of jazz’s leading lights.  Developing the Festival’s jazz programme is an obvious step for BIF and we look forward to broadening our audience next summer.”

Highlights include:

Gwylim Simcock and Mike Walker will perform a special BIF programme with their award-winning band, The Impossible Gentlemen;

Ian Shaw and Guy Barker will launch a new project, City to City; 

·   BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM star, Clare Teal will appear in a brand-new show with her sextet; 

·  AMC Gospel Choir will perform with a full band plus six singers, all of whom have appeared with Hacienda Classical;   

·     BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018, Xhosa Cole.

FESTIVAL TIMELINE

Booking for the Jazz Weekend will open in December 2021. The full Festival programme and festival brochure will be issued in March, with Priority Booking from 1 March 2022 and Public Booking from 29 March 2022.

For further information visit: www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

3 comments :

Steve Andrews said...

Covering all genres from Basie to Bowie? Basie didn't make any records as a leader under his own name until 1936, so apparently we can't expect any Classic jazz, New Orleans jazz, early Swing, or indeed anything from the first 20 or so years of recorded jazz. And Bowie, though venerated as a pop star, as far as I know has as much to do with Jazz as Florence Nightingale. Sad and disappointing.

Lance said...

Steve, good to have your comments, as always. However, as regard the all genres from Basie to Bowie (I'll get to him shortly) it is fair comment. It's laying out the roadmap. Had there been a full stop after genres then it would put it into an entirely different context. As well you know there are also jazz festivals around who ignore the fact that there is life beyond Ma Rainey.

Bowie, of course, is another matter. Just about every jazz festival these days whether it be EFG, Cheltenham or Newport seems to think that by flashing the name of a rock/pop legend - dead or alive - it will increase the diversity of punters whilst, in the end, pleasing neither.

An alternative thought is that one faction may come to appreciate the other - maybe...

Gordon Solomon said...

Steve certainly has a valid point regarding the under representation of early jazz in this part of the country, the exception being Mike Durham's Classic Jazz event. As to David Bowie, while he wasn't a recognised jazz musician, he was certainly highly regarded by various members of the jazz fraternity. In fact he recorded in London during the late sixties with John McLaughlin no less. I remember John tweeted on Bowie's demise that he was a musical genius.
However, as far as jazz goes I suppose the jury's out.

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