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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

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15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...

January

Fri 27: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm. SOLDOUT!
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Hip Hop Hooray @ Bar 52, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Fri 27: John Dikeman, Pat Thomas, John Edwards, Steve Noble @ Lit & Phil. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 27: Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £10.00. on the door. A Swung Eight event.
Fri 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Ragtime & stride piano. 8:00pm.

Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event.

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???

February

Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Monday, January 24, 2022

Glen Cartledge Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Jan. 23

Glen Cartledge (guitar); Mike Hall (tenor sax); Ed Harrison (bass); Jack Cotterill (drums).

This line-up was an interesting one as Mike Hall had been called in at the last minute and Glen mentioned that it was the first time he had played with drummer Jack Cotterill although he recalled playing with Jack’s grandad Pete Cotterill at the Bakers Vaults a great jazz dive in Stockport that in its heyday used to feature some great bands.

Before things got under way I had a quick chat with Glen and asked him about his guitar. He told me it was a Gibson L5, the same model used by the late great Wes Montgomery. I must admit I know next to nothing about guitars but I’m pretty sure anyone who plays a Gibson is serious about his music. Glen also plays baritone sax in a local big band and like me loves to talk about the jazz scene.

The first number of the evening was Benny Golson’s tune Killer Joe, a number which is featured on the first LP that the Jazztet made in 1960 for Argo called Meet the Jazztet, an album I still have. Mike’s tenor had a harder sound than Golson’s but his solo was interesting and Glen played some nice chords during this tune.

 I sensed a little uncertainty during April in Paris but this is a tricky tune for a quartet to tackle but, thank god, they omitted the One more time coda. Never did like that.

Mike Hall relishes playing fast and when Glen called Ray Noble’s Cherokee I knew what to expect. I like to hear this tune with two tenors on the bandstand, or even three battling it out but it brought the first set to a fitting conclusion.

The second half commenced with Just Friends  and continued with a ballad, My Foolish Heart, a tune which I’ve never been too keen on, but for the final half hour things moved up into bebop territory with some fine playing from everyone on  Straight No Chaser and Anthropology.

The next jazz at the Railway is Tuesday Jan. 25 with the Shearing Sound - Bryan Pendleton, Dave Luckhurst and Paul Hartley. Mike Farmer

Killer Joe; Days of Wine and Roses; My Funny Valentine; Confirmation; April in Paris; Cherokee; Just Friends; My Foolish Heart; Softly as in a Morning Sunrise; Straight No Chaser; Anthropology.

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