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14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Market Place, Darlington. 11:00am - 3:00pm. All star line-up!
Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Black Swan Jam - Jan. 11

Alan Law (piano); John Pope (bass) Matt MacKellar (drums) + "Janet the Sax" (alto sax); Faye MacCalman (tenor sax); Murray Wankling (piano); Charles & Laurence Harrison (guitars); Fernando Torres, Steve Picking (elec. bass); Michael Mather, Mark Taylor (drums); Sid Stobart (vocal/blues harp); Becky Tuck (vocal).

The thing about jam sessions is that they are always different but never boring. The repertoire may show little variation but the interpretations invariably do.

Last night, the house trio of Law, Pope and MacKellar got things off to a swinging start. MacKellar, on parole from a well-known music college in Boston, Mass, drove There is no Greater Love effectively along with Pope, depping for the quarantined Paul Grainger, giving excellent support and soloing imaginatively to complement Law on piano. 

The pianist was playing a blinder and this was just the opener and paled in comparision to his solo on Night Train - the tune that began life as Ellington's Happy Go Lucky Local before Jimmy Forrest half-inched it, retitled it and had a massive hit back in the 1950s. Things weren't what they used to be between them after that!

Cantaloupe Island and St Thomas followed with Mather moving on to the drum stool. The first of the Harrisons, Laurence, joined the party for Blue Bossa and There Will Never be Another You. Keeping it in the family, Charles, aided and abetted by Torres and Taylor played a couple of funky fusion numbers, one of which was Herbie Hancock's Chameleon (not to be confused with the Boy George number of the same name).

A more orthodox version of Alone Together (or was it Beautiful Love?) then a delightful surprise. "Janet the Sax" made her jam session debut and, despite first night nerves, did herself no harm.

Time for a song. Another first timer Sid Stobart crooned My Funny Valentine then upped his game to belt out Sweet Home Chicago complete with harp solo - the room liked it!

Black Orpheus with Harrison, L was followed by "Faye the Sax" - that's Faye MacCalman who, with Murray on piano, gave What is This Thing Called Love? a lyrical work out and maybe even found the answer. Blue Monk was more paintstripping before another newcomer, Becky Tuck, took us out with The Lady is a Tramp. Another fine night -Lance.

PS: I  forgot to mention Steve Picking who was outstanding on fretless bass - sorry Steve!

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