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Postage

14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

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: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Market Place, Darlington. 11:00am - 3:00pm. All star line-up!
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. CANCELLED!
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.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Knats @ The Earl of Pitt Street - Nov.14

Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Josh Mitchell-Rayner (keyboards); Stan Woodward (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums)

Arriving at seven thirty there wasn't a seat to be had. Knats' growing fan club turned out in numbers for the latest installment of a rapidly developing story. The Earl of Pitt Street isn't exactly on the regional jazz circuit and it was good to see the publican supporting the efforts of this talented young quartet. 

Other than trumpeter Ferg Kilsby the band members were, until recently, nowhere to be seen on the jazz scene. Now they're seemingly everywhere. Power, precision fusion chops, these guys are out to have fun. From Kendrick Lamar to OutKast's furious hip hop take on Coltrane's epic My Favorite Things, Knats were giving it everything. 

Relentless drive, taking no prisoners is Knats' modus operandi and why not? They can play and to coin an old school phrase: They're getting their rocks off! To close out the first set, Miles' version of Crosby, Stills and Nash's Guinnevere, with the to-be-expected Fender Rhodes sound of the period conjured by pianist Josh Mitchell-Rayner. 

The Roots' You Got Me opened the second set, Ferg Kilsby blowing considered trumpet, the rhythm section rock solid in support. An unnamed original written by Mitchell-Rayner maintained the pace, Kilsby taking it this way, then that (tremendous trumpet playing) before the hugely impressive drumming of King David Ike-Elechi took it out by way of a bout of laser-like fours.  

Bassist Stan Woodward certainly knows his way around the fretboard, more Stanley Clarke than Jaco, King David is one serious technician, it begs the question, where have these guys been 'til now?  Ferg took on Christian Scott's West of the West. It's one of the wonders of the world how young musicians are able to assimilate myriad styles, it's as if it's no problem! One last tune, a blues of sorts, all four musicians stepping up to the plate. 

Knats can be heard next at Hoochie Coochie on Thursday 25 November. Russell

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