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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 ...


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.

Fri 27: Alice Grace Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 27: Fergus McCreadie Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.

Sat 28: Jack Logan & the Swing Section @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Monday, January 03, 2022

Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club - Jan 3

Herbie Hudson (trombone, harmonica, vocals); Brian Chester (piano); John Robinson (double bass); Ian Hetherington (drums) + Brian Lynam (harmonica, vocals); John Broddle (vocals); Harry Stephenson (clarinet)

The unseasonably mild weather no doubt encouraged a good turn out for the first Jazz in the Afternoon session of the year. The house band enjoyed the company of bassist John Robinson, otherwise it was the usual faces on parade - Messrs Hudson, Chester and Hetherington. Mr Hudson ushered in the new year with a chorus of Auld Lang Syne segueing into My Gal Sal. It wasn't long before the first of the afternoon's sitters-in joined the party. 

Brian Lynam, of No Time for Jive fame, suggested Don't Get Around Much Anymore. John Broddle suggested I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me and stayed on to sing September in the Rain. As the interval approached, so did the rain, for real. The raffle prizes went elsewhere...

Second set, Herbie Hudson wasted little time in getting the guests back on to the stand. If I Had You sang Mr B, clearly a Sinatra fan. 'Deed I Do workedMr B knows his stuffThe harmonica boys - Hudson and Lynam - momentarily ditched the jazz to play a rock 'n' roll-inspired crowd-pleasing duet kicked along by Ian Hetherington. And to close another Monday down at Cullercoats Bay, the JITA boys were joined by veteran clarinetist Harry Stephenson to play The Sheik of Araby. More next week, one o'clock. Russell       

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