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14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Mon 16: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 16: Swing Manouche @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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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