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16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...

June

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Monday, December 06, 2021

Preview: Art Blakey's Moanin' at Central Bar - Dec. 13

It was back in October when Stuart McLean-Fowler launched a new night - gig plus jam session - at Gateshead's Central Bar. BSH was in attendance to hear Stuart's quintet play, in it's entirety, Blue Mitchell's The Thing to Do. And what a night it was! Trumpeter Stuart, tenor saxophonist Jamie Toms, pianist Alan Law, bassist Mick Shoulder and drummer John Bradford tore it up! There was a good turn out, too. Not at all bad for a first night. The jam session which followed was something else - Harry Keeble blowing great tenor, Michael Lamb's explosive bop trumpet playing, and, a real treat, the BBC Big Band's Martin Williams just happened to be in town and just happened to have his tenor with him. What a night it was!

Last month, BSH's Editor-in-Chief went along to Half Moon Lane (the Gateshead side of the High Level Bridge) to check it out for himself. The same quintet, this time tackling Freddie Hubbard's Open Sesame album. The same result, some terrific Blue Note jazz!December's album is Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' 1958 Blue Note recording Moanin'  (originally titled Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers). Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, the line-up couldn't be bettered - Lee Morgan, Benny Golson (he's still with us, still playing at the age of 92), Bobby Timmons, Jymie Merritt and the man, Art Blakey. So, Monday 13, 7:30 prompt start, a fiver admission, get your ticket (and a beer) from the bar downstairs. Wow! It's going to be some session!

November's session was terrific, however, other than the brilliant Harry Keeble, there was a distinct lack of jam session sitters-in. Perhaps the five quid admission charge put them off. Who knows? Hopefully some will bring along their horn, part with a fiver and the night will be, as they say, 'something else'!  Russell

1 comment :

Lance said...

Yes, fantastic to hear these Blue Note sessions reproduced so authentically and well worth a fiver. However, here's the rub. Asking jammers to pay a fiver to play for nothing is asking a lot as there are established sessions where they can blow for free. I appreciate this could be difficult to arrange. Someone carrying a sax case - no prob - a singer, a pianist? Perhaps jammers, and for the success for this excellent operation, should be asked to register in advance and maybe be at least offered a drink on the house.Thoughts ...

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