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14226 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 445 of them this year alone and, so far, 45 this month (May 13).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Mon 16: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 16: Swing Manouche @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 17: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 18: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 18: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 18: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 19: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 19: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 19: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 19: 58 Jazz Collective @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. TBC.

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: 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.
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.

Monday, November 01, 2021

Sunday Night @ the Globe: ARQ - The Alison Rayner Quintet - Oct. 31

(Photo by Russell)

Diane McLoughlin (tenor/soprano saxes); Steve Lodder (piano); Deirdre Cartwright (guitar); Alison Rayner (bass/bass guitar); Buster Birch (drums).

The room was full. I can't remember seeing so many in the downstairs bar. The JNE faithful were there, along with the Globe regulars and those of us who simply go where the music takes them.

This co-promotion between Jazz North East and the Jazz Co-op was one of the best jazz gigs at the Co-op's HQ since, well, er, since ARQ played the upper room back in 2018.

(© Ken Drew)
Although leader/bassist Rayner composed most of the pieces, Lodder, McLoughlin and Cartwright also chipped in with compositions of their own. Someone described it as retro-funk whatever that is. Well, from now on, I'm a retro-funk fan.

Each and everyone soloed as if Armageddon were on the horizon and maybe it is. Ranging from reflective pastoral themes to kick the door down and put the boot in explosions the dynamics in both solos and ensembles were a masterclass in the art of contrast.

The numbers were, in the main, taken from the band's third album - Short Stories - and included A Crack is Everything; Buster Breaks a Beat; A Braw Boy; The Trunk Call; Life Lived Wide; Seeing Around Corners.

Queer Bird was slightly different inasmuch as it was an unconventional take on more conventional jazz with a particular leaning towards Monk and other bebop icons. Loved it!

To finish, Rayner switched to electric bass (she'd alternated between her two instruments throughout the session) for A Portrait of Jaco

The band, like the audience, finished on a high - Lance

1 comment :

Graham said...

Lance is spot on.One of the best gigs I have attended at the wonderfully refurbished Globe. In addition to the packed audience we were told that many were live live-streaming the event. ARQ were on fire and having the time of their lives - as were those lucky enough to be there.

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