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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

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

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.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: The Blue Jazz Quartet & Miriam McCormick - Nov. 14

Karen Rann (sop sax); Mark Squires (piano); Dave Parker (bass); Michael Howard (drums) + Miriam McCormick (vocals).

The Blue Jazz Quartet don't go for the soft option - their set included pieces by Coltrane, Mingus, Jarrett, Shorter and Ellington as well as a few more familiar numbers that the casual listener could latch on to.

As fate decreed, the last three bands at the Jazz Co-op's Sunday night sessions all had soprano saxophonists in the line up and, by coincidence (and I'm not being intentionally sexist), all were women. More importantly, all had their uniquely individual sound and approach. Not least Karen Rann who, like vocalist Debra Milne and Dave Parker, when not performing, doubles on bar duties. That's what cooperatives are all about.

On piano, Mark Squires - a new name to me - played some choice chords whilst Parker and Howard provided sound backing. Parker's extended bass intro to Goodbye Pork Pie Hat was quite memorable whilst Howard's hand-drumming on the rarely performed rhumba La Rosita was very effective.

It had been a long time since I'd heard Miriam McCormick and she sounded good although I thought I detected a suggestion of nerves on the opening Easy to Love. However, her confidence grew with No Moon at All and by God Bless the Child she was firing on all cylinders. The intonation was good  and the interpretation imaginative.

Miriam returned in the second set for There Will Never be Another You and a great Billie Holiday number - Baby I Don't Cry Over You. Welcome back on the scene Miriam.

Given that this was a last minute replacement gig it drew a decent crowd with all tables occupied - Lance

This I Dig of You; La Rosita; Someday My Prince Will Come; Memories of Tomorrow; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; Easy to Love; No Moon at All; God Bless the Child; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Blue Train; Wave; In a Sentimental Mood; Footprints; There Will Never be Another You; Baby I Don't Cry Over You; Smile; Bernie's Tune + vocal encore I missed.

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