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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.

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16233 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 115 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (Feb. 23).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.). CANCELLED!
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Wed 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 28: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 28: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 29: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 29: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Olly Styles (saxophone).
Thu 29: ’58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 29: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Josh Bentham (alto sax); Graham Thompson (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Classic Swing @ Venue, Cramlington - Jan 19

Tommy Moran (tenor sax); Jim McBriarty (alto sax, clarinet, vocal); Jeremy McMurray (piano); Alan Rudd (double bass); Tommy Graham (drums); Olive Rudd (vocals)

A new weekly residency in south east Northumberland! Classic Swing, Wednesdays, 1:00pm at Venue. Yes, 'Venue' is the name of the venue! Located in Manor Walks Shopping Centre, the proprietor has gone for a seventies' retro look - mirrors, smoked glass, flowers (plastic) and...a piano!  The band set up on the upper level of the split level room, audience and/or diners seated on the lower level, it would be the usual format of two sets with a finish by three o'clock. 

One or two familiar faces made the short trip from Cullercoats to show support, the band kicking off with Indiana. In the absence of a trombone player, Messrs Tommy Moran and Jim McBriarty shared the solos between them with pianist Jeremy McMurray rightly grabbing his quota. It would be a sin (there's a song in there somewhere) not to make full use of the half decent instrument. Honeysuckle Rose heard McBriarty singing, McMurray soloing to some applause from those diners with an ear cocked to the jazz. Leading up to the interval band vocalist Olive Rudd sang a couple of numbers - What a Difference a Day Makes and My Melancholy Baby.

Second set, more from Olive Rudd: 'S Wonderful followed by Tin Roof Blues, the latter a most effective vocal with languorous contributions from McBriarty, clarinet, and laid-back Pres-style tenor by Moran. To close out this first gig in sunny south east Northumberland Olive Rudd went from a downbeat Summertime to an upbeat When You're Smiling. More next week (Wednesday, one o'clock). Russell         

Set list: IndianaI Got RhythmSentimental JourneyBlue BossaHoneysuckle RoseWhat a Difference a Day MakesMy Melancholy BabyUndecided'S WonderfulTin Roof BluesChristopher ColumbusJust Squeeze MeSummertimeWhen You're Smiling.       

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