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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

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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