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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.

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.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Matt MacKellar Trio @ The Globe - Jan 13.

Matt MacKellar (drums); Ben Lawrence (keyboards, piano); Andy Champion (bass)

Matt MacKellar's festive flying visit home is nearing its end, however, thanks to Newcastle Jazz Co-op, the final year Stateside music student took the opportunity this week to play a trio gig with friends Ben Lawrence and Andy Champion. The Globe on Railway Street drew a good sized audience there to hear drummer Matt play a set of, well, jazz-funk, soul jazz, jazz with soul, jazz with an edge etc.

From the down beat the 'edge' was razor sharp. A set list encompassing numbers by Robert Glasper, H.E.R., Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Seam Martin (Snarky Puppy) and one B. Lawrence (Lost Painting) couldn't have been better if they - the trio - tried. These guys are so good, they made it look so easy. Mere mortals - the audience - assumed they were trying! Glasper's Yes, I'm Country set the standard, and what a standard! A stand out feature of Matt's performance was his use of the bass drum, kicking, no, slamming it in with absolute precision, in sync with the ride cymbal. As our American cousins might say...awesome! 

As a recent mathematics graduate Ben Lawrence couldn't have had much free time to practice/play music, perhaps he's a natural. During the evening Lawrence chose to mostly play keyboards, the Jazz Co-op's piano utilised sparingly. Dazzling playing, matched by MacKellar and the senior man of the trio, Andy Champion, it was evident mutual trust in one another's abilities rippled across the stage. H.E.R.'s Going, Stevie Wonder's Overjoyed, Miles Davis' Nardis, Rod Templeton's The Lady in My Life (Michael Jackson), we were treated to two varied sets, the one constant of the evening being the brilliant musicianship on show. 

Matt MacKellar's time at Berklee has afforded the Tynesider amazing opportunities - studying with tutors such as the great, late Ralph Peterson Jr to a recent mentor, Billy Kilson. No question, MM has developed so much during his time in Boston, it's an education for a Tyneside audience to hear him play, as he did this evening at the Globe, with total authority. Russell           

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