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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 ...

May.

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.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Frank Griffith Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Jan. 9

Frank Griffith (tenor sax, clarinet); Misha Gray (piano); Gavin Barras (bass); Gaz Hughes (drums).

Tonight we had a welcome return visit from reeds man Frank Griffith. Originally from Oregon, USA, but now resident in the Liverpool area after many years playing and teaching around London. 


The band tonight included Misha Gray, a fine pianist who I can recall hearing only once on Frank's first visit to this venue. He can be added to the list of pianists that prefer to use the house upright rather than bring their own to the gig. Misha displayed a high energy style and his solos made me want to hear more of him.


On drums was an old friend, Gaz Hughes, who I had not seen for quite a while and he sounded as good as ever and pleased to be back in action after a year of uncertainty. Gavin Barras on bass is always a joy to hear and he always produces interesting solos.


Frank started the evening with Topsy a tune I remember being a big hit for swing era drummer Cosy Cole and later was used to great effect by Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. The second number was a clarinet feature, I’m Getting Sentimental Over You,  and Griffith’s sound had a more modern approach than say Goodman, more like DeFranco or Art Pepper. Also in the first set he played a Mexican tune Tres Palabras (I hope I heard the title correctly).  This had a bolero beat which went down well with the assembled jazz fans.


The whole evening was very enjoyable with the rest of the tunes maintaining my interest and Where or When being one that I  thought was a really good rendition.


On Tuesday Jan. 11 the Railway has the John Hallam Quartet. Mike Farmer

 

Topsy; I’m Getting Sentimental Over You; Tres Palabras; Scrapple From the Apple; Nuages; C Jam Blues; Where or When; Pure Imagination; Take the A Train; Body and Soul; C Jam Blues part 2.

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