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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 1:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
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.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.


Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Monday, January 03, 2022

All the cats join in - Part Two

It's no secret that myself and some others in the jazz fraternity are cat people. The heading of this post relates to a Disney cartoon - Make Mine Music -featuring the music of Benny Goodman. It was also the title of one of Buck Clayton's legendary jam session albums (see previous post).

The above pic shows the late Ebony playing some licks on clarinet, my present cat Daphne reading JazzTimes and Ginger, her predecessor, reading DownBeat.

Tony Roberts tells me his cat's previous owners named Sid after a nasty punk rocker. Tony loves both Count Basie and Stan Kenton but Sid is more selective. If Tony puts on a Basie record Sid likes to sit on one of the speakers but if it's a Kenton record Sid can't get through the cat flap fast enough!

Some cats know which gives a lead in to Peggy Lee and Zoë Gilby who both gave Some Cats Know a workout and Pegs also hit for a lifetime supply of Whiskers with He's a Tramp.

I recall Zoë's mum Hilary mentioning that she'd once told Dizzy Gillespie that she'd named her cat after him. Dizzy was flattered and I bet the pussy cat was too!

I found this one on Pete Tanton's F/b page - hope he doesn't mind - of his lovely cat Harris.

Wingy Manone recorded Stop the War Them Cats Are Killing Themselves

Here's Jen Errington's cat Duke. Duke Errington, get it?

Cats may be cool, purring creatures but I think my cat Daphne would give any pit bull one helluva fight - I've got the scars to prove it! Lance


Russell said...

Did Cat Anderson have a dog?

Lance said...

When Cat hit those double top Cs dogs ran for cover and the crystal was locked away!

Ann Alex said...

Lovely cat photos. My cat Plato 1978-1993 only ever heard folk music as I wasn't then into jazz. Good to see Jen's cat which is beautiful, as I've heard a lot about Duke.
Lance you could run a competition about what the cats are thinking eg Pete Tanton's cat is thinking 'I don't like that chord that he's playing!'

Jen said...

Hi Ann
Good to hear from you. Yes I still can't believe how handsome Duke is!" I've just sent a picture to Lance with the keyboard Duke has just finishing playing - he's exhausted lounging on the back of the chair. One of his favourite songs is "I've got my love to keep me Warm" I paid tribute to that at our IJV gig in December - I've got my Duke to Keep me, I've got my Duke to keep me, I've got my

Hopefully more of Lance's stories on Cats still to come.

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