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Bebop Spoken There

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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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Postage

13683 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1402 of them this year alone and, so far, 18 this month (Dec.5).

From This Moment On ...

December

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 8:00pm. Concert performance. Free admission.
Wed 08: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 08: Durham Uni Big Band + Durham Uni Jazz Soc Big Band @ Durham University Students' Union. 8:00pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 09: Hot Club du Nord, Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee. 7:00pm (doors). £10.00. + bf.
Thu 09: TBC + Knats @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00. (£10.00. inc food).
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 09: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Fri 10: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Secret Night Gang @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 10: Jack Logan (replacement for Alter Ego) @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 11: Paul Skerritt @ Newcastle Central Station. 11:00am. On the concourse.
Sat 11: Life Drawing & Live Jazz @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas. Book via: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.
Sat 11: Boys of Brass @ Branding Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 12 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 12: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 12: Hot Club du Nord @ Hurworth Grange. 2:30pm. Festive Special! SOLD OUT!
Sun 12: Glenn Miller Orchestra UK @ Stockton Globe. 3:00pm. Ray McVay & co.
Sun 12: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 12: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 12: Sue Ferris Quintet (Musicians Unlimited’s Xmas Party) @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00.
Sun 12: Jason Isaacs Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:00pm.
Sun 12: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 7:00pm.
Sun 12: Larry’s Brass Band @ The Vigilant Inn, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. Brass band playing Xmas tunes!
Sun 12: corto.alto @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 12: Under the Surface @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 13: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 13: 6th Street Swing w Calvert & the Old Fools @ St Thomas Aquinas’ Church, Darlington. 7:00pm. £5.00. Swing dance (‘social dancing’) night.
Mon 13: Stuart Fowler Quintet plays Art Blakey’s album Moanin’ + jam session @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Tue 14: Harry Keeble & Friends @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm. Keeble (tenor sax); Dean Stockdale (keyboards); Paul Grainger (bass); John Bradford (drums).

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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