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14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

The Rachael Cohen Trio @ The Oxford Tavern, Kentish Town - Nov. 8

Rachael Cohen (alto sax); Joe Downard (double bass); Jason Brown (drums)

Hotfooting it from Ronnie Scott's (the amazing Samara Joy!) up to Kentish Town in time to catch Rachael Cohen's set, it was to be an evening of two gigs of markedly contrasting styles sharing one thing in common - musical brilliance. The Oxford Tavern has been home to jazz - broadly modern to contemporary with excursions into free territory  - for many years.

The weekly session's current custodian, guitarist Will Arnold-Forster, couldn't have been other than delighted with the turn out in the small upstairs room on Kentish Town Road. 

Alto saxophonist Rachael Cohen is an established name on the London jazz scene and this evening she was in the company of  bassist Joe Downard and drummer Jason Brown, themselves prominent figures in the capital and beyond. All three musicians have featured in lockdown live streams, not least from Ronnie Scott's, and to see (and hear) them up close in a supportive environment offered further evidence that the live jazz gig is well and truly back in business. Cohen's The Fish Underwater opened the first of two absorbing sets. In total command of her instrument, Cohen examined, explored and, quite likely, expanded upon her composition, crucially Downard and Brown were right there with the Shetland Islander, pulling, pushing and stretching the material as improvisers are wont to do. 

Betty Carter's Tell Her I Said Hello spotlighted Cohen's angular alto playing. If Ms Carter had picked up a saxophone perhaps she would have sounded something like this. Another original, with the humorous title The Hand That Feeds Has One Finger Missing, was Cohen the composer/musician distilled in one. It surely helps to work with empathetic musicians and Downard and Brown were certainly that on this Kentish Town gig. Herbie Hancock's Maiden Voyage and the ballad section from Sonny Rollins' Freedom Suite album kept Cohen's trio just on the inside of the outside. To conclude two superb sets, Cohen, Downard and Brown went out on Bird's Dewey Square. Russell

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