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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Emmet Cohen Trio with Sheila Jordan - Jan. 3

Emmet Cohen (piano); Russell Hall (double bass); Kyle Poole (drums) & Sheila Jordan (vocals)

Sheila Jordan is ninety three years young. On Monday evening Ms Jordan thought nothing of walking up five flights of stairs to Emmet Cohen's NYC apartment to play a starring role in volume 81 of the pianist's ongoing series of live stream concerts. As usual, Cohen was joined by bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole. Following a sparkling take on Tin Tin Deo, the main man, seated at his Steinway piano, introduced bebop's illustrious torch bearer, Sheila Jordan. 

A smiling Ms Jordan was in her element. Tootie Heath had introduced Cohen to Ms Jordan and here they were, sometime later, revelling in one another's company. Billy Preston's Song of Joy opened Jordan's set, a set which would be peppered with anecdotes and reminiscences from the revered singer's long life. If the online audience didn't already know, Jordan was about to tell it how it was back then, working and hanging out with Bird, Kenny Dorham, Duke Jordan (of course), Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Lennie Tristano, Barry Harris and countless others.

Ms Jordan didn't require a lyric sheet, just a chair to occasionally take the weight off her feet. The stories flowed, as did the compliments (the Cohen trio touring with Jordan could yet happen - Ronnie's? Sage Gateshead?!!!). Kenny Dorham's Fair Weather (Jordan said Dorham was a great singer!), Jordan's The Bird (Charlie Parker her hero), the trio conjuring a terrific take on Round Midnight and more. 

The entire online performance proved to be one long highlight. However, to focus on two blues (The Workshop Blues and Sheila's Blues), these moments summed up the brilliance of Cohen's ace trio and the indefatigable, swinging, scatting bebop wonder that is Sheila Jordan. Russell

Set list: Tin Tin Deo; Song of JoyHumdrum BluesHow Deep is the Ocean?I Concentrate on YouFair WeatherThe BirdConfirmationLolita; Bird AloneShe Was YoungDat Dere; 'Round MidnightThe Touch of Your LipsThe Moon is a Harsh MistressThe Workshop BluesSheila's Blues.          


Lance said...

A Steinway 5 flights up!

Patti said...

Parker was a good friend to Sheila. He called her 'the gal with the million dollar ears' - and apparently wrote 'Chasing the Bird' for Sheila and Barry Harris. Sheila and Barry were friends as teenagers, and used to hang around in all the Detroit jazz clubs, always looking for where Parker might be playing.

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