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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Carole Williams & Helen Pillinger Quintet @ the Railway, Stockport - Nov. 28)

Carole Williams (trombone/keys); Helen Pillinger (tenor sax); Paul Hartley (guitar); Peter Hartley (bass guitar); Eryl Roberts (drums)

The thing I liked most about this gig was that although I have seen this unit before at the Railway and other local venues, they always play interesting tunes some of which I am not familiar with. One example of this is a number called Three Views of a Secret written by the late great bass guitarist Jaco Pastorius. Another was Oz penned by steel pan drummer Andy Narell.  We also heard two Mingus compositions, a Gigi Gryce original,  one by Wes Montgomery, a Carole Williams tune, a Jobin bossa and more making a grand total of fourteen tunes played during the 9:00pm-11:00pm time slot. This could be a record for numbers played at the Railway.


Few gigs these days seem to go by without the inclusion of Body and Soul and this was no exception, On this occasion it being a feature for Helen Pillinger's tenor sax ably assisted by Paul Hartley's trio. The Johnny Green standard must be one of the most played numbers in the jazz repertoire and my favourite version apart from the early Hawkins one, is Jimmy Heath's rendition on his album Portrait of Heath where he plays tenor and soprano sax.


One number which gave the band a different sound was that classic Eddie Harris hit that he recorded with Les McCann, Cold Duck Time and this saw Carole getting a very convincing Hammond B3 organ sound on her keyboard.  The night certainly had some surprises in the choice of tunes and I look forward to seeing them on their next visit to the Railway.


The next jazz at the Railway is tomorrow night (Nov. 30) with the West Coast Octet.

 

Lookin' up; Full House; Jelly Roll; Minority; Body and Soul; Oz; Sometime; Cold Duck Time; Favela; Slow Hot Wind; Three Views of a Secret; Pussy Cat Dues; Orange Shadows; A
Night in Tunisia.

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