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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...

April

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

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: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Dave Sayer’s Best of 2021

According to many commentators it has been a ‘funny old year.’  Usually my best of the year’s CDs list includes many that I had bought after gigs, still flush with the excitement of the preceding couple of hours. Not so this year. And, if it hadn’t been for a mad rush around the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music, I would hardly have seen any live jazz at all. Thankfully, what I did see was very good and, in one case at least, exceptional.

CDs

My Top Ten New Release CDs of the year are:

1.     Mixed With Glass – John Pope Quintet

2.     Cairn – Fergus McCreadie

3.     Promises – Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, The London Symphony Orchestra

4.     Another Land – Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Obed Calvaire

5.     Sunrise Reprise – Chris Potter Circuits Trio

6.     The Last Call - Larry Coryell and Philip Catherine

7.     Black To The Future – Sons of Kemet

8.     Side Eye NYC – Pat Metheny

9.     Echoes to the Sky – Archipelago   

 10. Grateful Deadication – Dave McMurray


Best Re-issues of the year

The three that I have enjoyed the most this year are all live albums by some of jazz’s biggest names. Two of them (by Morgan and Mingus) were expanded versions of previously released live albums, the other helped to rewite the history around a jazz masterpiece. Whilst all of the reviewers of the newly discovered A Love Supreme – Live in Seattle placed it in the context of Coltrane’s development from the release of the studio version to the Seattle Concert, identifying the huge leaps he had made in the, relatively few, intervening months, at the end of the day its what was in the grooves that counted. Probably the best album of the year, new or old.

1.   1. A Love Supreme – Live in Seattle – John Coltrane

2.   2. Mingus At Carnegie Hall – Charles Mingus

3.   3. The Complete Live At The Lighthouse – Lee Morgan 

Best Live Gigs

For most of the year there was nothing but tumbleweed so it’s hats off to the organisers of the NFOJAIM for making sure that went ahead and to all the other promoters who, over the years have brought some fantastic musicians to the North East. Hopefully, there will be more to see next year, though the Maria Schneider concert in January in London has been cancelled due to covid restrictions around the world.

My top 5 gigs of 2021 are : 

1.   1.  Fergus McCreadie at the Lit and Phil

2.   2.  John Pope Quintet at the Black Swan

3.   3.  Yussef Dayes at the Wylam Brewery

4.  4.   The Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra at Hall 2 at The Sage

5.  5.   Archipelago at Gosforth Civic Theatre

Books

Finally, I haven’t read many good books about jazz this year, but one that deserves a mention is The History of Jazz by Ted Gioia. Well worth a day or so of anyone’s time. It’s a gateway to music you haven’t heard before and a prompt to dig out stuff you haven’t played for years.

Here’s to a swinging 2022.  Dave Sayer

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