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16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Wed 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 21: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 21: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 22: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Remi Coulthard-Boardman (voice).
Thu 22: Crooners @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. £30.00., £27.00., £24.00., £18.00.
Thu 22: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 22: Soznak @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 22: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.).
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wednesday, November 03, 2021

Steve Oakes Band featuring Ray Butcher @ the Railway Stockport - Nov. 2

Steve Oakes (guitar); Ray Butcher (trumpet/flugel) ; Ed Kainyek (alto/tenor sax); Elliot Roffe (bass); Tim Franks (drums).

Before the start of this concert, Steve and I were discussing the sad news of the untimely death of guitar legend Pat Martino who I never got to see live, although I had the opportunity on two occasions to do so.

Steve chose to begin the first set with a tribute to the late genius by playing Alone Together featuring heartfelt solos from the whole band.

Tonight’s guest from Birmingham, Ray Butcher, made an impact right from the start on trumpet and then later on flugelhorn to great effect. Reminded me of a night when I drove down the M1 motorway to Ronnie Scott’s to see Woody Shaw with his quintet - I miss those days!

Ed Kainyek was sounding better than ever on both alto and tenor and it was hard to decide which I liked best.

Holding things together with some great bass work was a newcomer to the Railway, Leeds-based Elliot Roffe, standing in for Steve’s regular bassist  Gavin Barras. Tim Franks, who was here only two days ago with his own band, was taking care of the business and I liked what he did on that difficult Chick Corea number Spain.

At the end of the gig I was chatting to Ed Kainyek and he mentioned that he had been blowing at The Old Boars Head  in Middleton, North Manchester - a venue that used to hold jazz sessions on the first Monday of the month but had to stop activities due to the organiser - guitarist Dave Chamarette - having health problems.

Anyway, Ed tells me that things are up and running again and, having been there a few times myself, I can recommend the place - sitters in are welcome.  The address is 116 Long Street, Middleton, Manchester M24 6UE. - 0161-643-3520.

Next jazz at the Railway is the great Munch Manship Group Sunday Oct 7. 9:00pm – 11:00pm. Mike Farmer

Alone Together; My Favorite Things; Wild Life; How Insensitive; Au Privave’ Sunny; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Hello Little Sunflower; Autumn Leaves; Spain

3 comments :

Ray B said...

I’m in Stoke these days bud!

Mike Farmer said...

Sorry Ray for saying you were based in Birmingham. Stoke used to have a great jazz scene and hope things are still happening there.

Ray B said...

Nope it’s terrible- for jazz. I’m looking to move soon!

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