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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Monday, November 01, 2021

Jazz in the Afternoon @ The Crescent Club, Cullercoats - Nov. 1

Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Brian Chester (keyboards); Dave Percy (bass guitar); Gordon ? (drums) + Brian Lynam (harmonica, vocals); John Broddle (vocals); Miles Watson (trumpet, vocals); Harry Stephenson (clarinet); Marilyn Hunter (vocals)

A good crowd in today down at the coast. The Crescent Club's regular Monday session appears to be regaining its large following and today the band's guests offered variety, both jazz and blues. Everything was set fair, wait a minute...the hand pulls on the bar weren't working properly. What's going on?! Hmmm, a bottle of Brown the best of the rest. Front man Herbie Hudson got things going with Some of These Days. From here on in it would be a non-stop parade of familiar, if not hackneyed tunes, mixed in with some lesser played numbers and guest performers. 


John Broddle the first of the guests, singing If I Had You and I Can't Give You Anything but Love. Always good value is John. Question: Back in the day, did John ever sing with a big band behind him? From crooner to bluesman, in the shape of Scotswood Slim, Mr Brian Lynam*. Our blues harp man has become something of a regular of late. This afternoon, singing and blowing harp unaccompanied, Lynam just about stole the show with a marvellous take on Sonny Boy's Bring it on Home. A while later Marilyn Hunter joined the boys to sing a couple, including a spirited All of Me. Miles Watson sat in, blowing good trumpet and singing a couple for good measure. And to cap off a canny afternoon on Cullercoats Bay, the legend that is Mr Harry Stephenson, clarinet in hand, got up to stir memories of the days when he was one of the top guys on the scene.

On Friday (Nov 5) Brian and the No Time for Jive boys will be playing the final Blind Pig Blues Club gig before the promoters call it a day. It's an eight o'clock start at Prohibition Bar (upstairs, jar on the bar). The place should be packed out, let's hope they go out with a bang. Russell        

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