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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

Mike Hall Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Jan. 2

Mike Hall (tenor/sop sax); Richard Weatherall (piano); Ed Harrison (bass); Eryl Roberts (drums)

After spending Xmas in Brighton visiting family I was back home ready to face the new year by hearing some live jazz at my favourite jazz spot the Railway which on the first Sunday of 2022 featured Mike Hall and his excellent quartet. Mike opened with the Jules Styne composition Time After Time which always makes me think of Chet Baker's version on the Jazz Icons DVD.  He followed this with a tune that Mike in his introduction mentioned that it was the last tune that Jerome Kern wrote the title being Nobody Else But Me . Can’t say I’ve heard this before but I’m sure Mike will add this to his repertoire.

It’s always good to see the house upright piano being utilised and in the hands of Richard Weatherall there is no one better suited to play it in this unit. His solos are creative and ably assisted by the great Ed Harrison on bass and local drum legend  Eryl Roberts.

Included in the dozen tunes played tonight were some originals by the likes of Kenny Barron, Monk, Mingus, Paul Gonsalves, and Kenny Wheeler, plus standards and an uptempo bossa  nova. The ones that impressed me most were the Tadd Dameron number If You Could See me Now which had Mike using a softer approach than usual and also Invitation a tune that the late Joe Henderson liked to play a lot and which was written by Bronislaw Kapers who also composed On Green Dolphin Street.

The next jazz gig at the Railway is tomorrow Jan. 4 with guitarist Steve Oakes and his Band. Mike Farmer

Time After Time; Nobody Else But Me; Hard Groove; Song For Abdullah; Invitation; If You Could See me Now; I Mean You; Groove Merchant; Everybody's Song But My Own; On A Clear Day; No More Blues; Nostalgia In Times Square,

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