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Bebop Spoken There

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Postage

16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

March
Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: King Bees @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Mostly Moonlight @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Vocals/piano duo.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Monday, November 08, 2021

Sunday Night @ The Globe: The East Coast Quintet - Nov. 7

Keith Barrett (guitar, vocal, sculpture); Fiona Finden (sop sax, vocal); Stu Finden (bari sax); Andrew Porritt (bass)); John Bradford (drums).

I wasn't sure about this gig. I knew all the musicians individually but I'd never heard them collectively. I needn't have worried - it was a gas!

Stu blew great baritone, I'd always liked his work on tenor and he applied the same dexterity on baritone - Mulligan Lives!

Mrs Finden - Fiona - gets an almost Johnny Hodges' alto sound on curved soprano. Fi also chipped in with a couple of good vocals - more please.

However, the biggest surprise of the evening was front man Barrett. He played knockout guitar and, as the lady sharing my table said, "There's a new kid on the block"!

The "new kid" also contributed several originals including a vocal inspired  by some graffitti he encountered whilst out walking. Liam Loves Jazz it said. It didn't matter that Jazz may have been a truncated form of Jasmine (or James) it was enough to inspire Keith to write and sing a clever lyric. When he's not playing guitar, singing or composing Keith sculpts and one off his creations adorned the stage.

Andrew Porritt did the biz on bass impressing with some bass-drum exchanges with the ever present John Bradford who was extensively featured - you can hear him again tonight at the Central Bar across the river in Gateshead (7:30pm - £5).

The music itself offered great variety ranging from Latin funk to pure bebop with quite a lot of other stuff in between. On one of the Latin numbers every one wielded an array of percussion instruments including a bodhran and you don't see many of them on a jazz gig outside of Dublin!

This may be the band's last gig as the East Coast Quintet. In future they plan to go out as Panharmonia. I think the jury may still be out on that one...

Nevertheless, whatever the name, it's a band to look out for - Lance 

ECQ; So Long Eric; Song For Bilbao; Liam Loves Jazz; Friday Night at the Cadillac Club; 7 As Usual; Stu's Blues; ?; Copus; Nica's Dream; Lockdown Lydia/Tap Tap; ?; Groovin' High. 

3 comments :

Keith said...

Many thanks for that review Lance. I’m really pleased that you enjoyed the evening so much. We had a blast playing and are looking forward to many another gig. New material to come as PANHARMONIA. Just hoping we can win you round on the name as well. Whichever way, we plan to go from strength to strength with the music!

Ann Alex said...

I've just caught up with the recording and the gig was very enjoyable. I was wondering where the Findens had got to. I have a problem with the name Panharmonia as it is a bit difficult to say, too many syllables, though it describes the music well, sort of universal harmony (nothing to do with the harmony you would get from banging pans together!) People may start shortening the name I suppose to such as Panhar or Pannyhar

Russell said...

Here's an idea...call the band the East Coast Quintet.

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