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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...

May

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Jambone, JB's Cats & the CAT Percussion Ensemble @ Sage Gateshead - Dec 18

Sage Gateshead's Young Musicians' Programme Winter Festival went ahead with strict measures in place. Proof of vaccination at the door, face coverings to be worn at all times, welcome to the never-ending weird year of 2021 and 2022 and...An audience comprising family, friends and supporters, this annual showcase for some of the very best talent in the region would take the form of three sets, each led by experienced tutors, in a wholly supportive environment.

Jambone, directed by Paul Edis and James Brady, featured a twelve piece ensemble (two or three chairs were occupied by experienced musicians there to augment the youthful sections) playing four compositions. Outgoing director Paul Ediswelcomed one and all to Sage Two, the band kicking off with Abdullah Ibrahim's Soweto. Fine playing all round. The tutors each contributed one composition: Edis' Of Mice and Men (its composer expressing his admiration for the young musicians' efforts in successfully negotiating the number's convoluted form). Brady's four-part suite Four Scenes on L'Homme Arme demanded concentrated minds, the composer's animated conducting guiding his young charges through each section. Mary Lou Williams' Roll 'Em closed Jambone's programme, swinging it as if it were circa 1939!     
Jambone: Paul Edis (MD, reeds); James Brady (MD, trumpet, percussion); Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Joseph Meston (trumpet);James Goldberg (trumpet); Adam Johnston (reeds); George Ivanov (guitar); Izaac Wilson (piano); Jack ? (bass guitar); Nathan Hulme (drums)

Earlier, JB's Cats (that's James Birkett's group of talented early teenage years musicians) presented a guitar-centric set which, James Birkett informed the audience, being a guitarist himself, suited him just fine! Dr Birkett's one-time protégé Bradley Johnston assisted his one-time mentor in coaxing a marvellous performance from some of Sage Gateshead's stars of the future. 

Guitarist Joe Ducker's solo performance of Tommy Emmanuel's Gameshow Rag couldn't have been more impressive. Bradley Johnston sat alongside, next time you see BJ, ask him about Joe Ducker. In pre-Covid days trombonist Ben Haslam made a big impression. Perhaps fifteen at the time, now at the age of seventeen or so, Haslam is one seriously good musician (But Beautiful, solo, was, well, quite beautiful). What's more, the young man can play the piano! Sitting at Sage Gateshead's Steinway he proceeded to amaze a spellbound audience by knocking out a couple of tunes, including Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely? 

The Cats enjoyed playing a funked-up DoxyMinor Swing swung, and, to conclude an eye/ear-opening set, vocalist Ariah Robertson joined the band to sing a couple of songs including I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire. Make a note of the names, if they choose to make music their career, you'll be hearing more, much more from them.            
JB's Cats: James Birkett (MD, guitar, bass guitar); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Joe Ducker (guitar); Ben Haslam (trombone, piano); Jack Stead (drums); Ariah Robertson (vocals)

The Saturday evening concert began with a short, spirited set by Sage Gateshead's CAT Percussion Ensemble. Illness reduced the intended number of participants but this didn't deter inspirational MD, Roger Hempsall. In the time allocated to the ensemble, Hempsall ensured his charges gave it their all. Two pieces - Militaria and Latinska Melodia - reverberated around the hall, Hempsall setting the pace, rattling out ever-more complex drum patterns. It can be reported that all four young percussionists did themselves proud. 

Paul Edis has made an inestimable contribution to Sage Gateshead's education programme (numerous comments posted to Facebook suggest just that). It would have been fitting if, on the night, Sage Gateshead had, in some small way, acknowledged Paul's achievements. One thing is for certain, as Paul makes London his home, Tyneside and the wider region's musical landscape will be the poorer for it.  Russell             

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