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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 ...


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

Sunday Night Jazz @ the Globe: The Sam Toulson Quartet - Jan. 9

Sam Toulson (alto sax); Edgar Ho (piano); Oscar Ho (bass); Ansel Bayly (drums).

The players, like our policemen, are getting younger and, in the case of the former, getting better and attracting a younger audience so it was good to have a full house comprising of a mixed age group ranging from the very young to the very old (me!).

This was the first Sunday night jazz session of 2022 and believe you me the Sam Toulson Quartet have set the bar at a very high level for the bands that follow.

Some may observe that they didn't play any original material of their own but I'm fine with that and why should they? Until a musician can compose better music than Duke Ellington, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Keith Jarrett, Joe Henderson, Steve Swallow and John Scofield, which comprised much of tonight's repertoire, why risk shooting yourself in the foot? It will come.

Either side of the pandemic we've had exciting young bands at the Globe such as the Francis Tulip Quartet, Knats and others. The Sam Toulson Quartet are a worthy addition to the list.

Toulson, a personable frontman, is an incredible player who's absorbed influences from Hodges to Sanborn and beyond via, of course, Charlie Parker as well as injecting his own take. He has absolute control of his instrument - no puffed out cheeks and a firm embouchure enabling him to get a rather beautiful tone on ballads and an earthy sound on raunchier numbers such as Scofield's I'll Take Les.

The Ho brothers are also ones to watch out for. Ho the bass displaying a depth of feeling both rhythmic and melodic. Ho the piano, despite the seeming encumbrance of a bandaged wrist, impressed on a trio feature - Hymn to Freedom. There was no obvious hindrance to his two-handed tremolo chorus. Imagine what he will do without the bandage on his wrist!

Drummer Bayly too had his chances to shine and he grabbed them with both strength and subtlety.

A great start to the year. Lance 

Bye Bye Blackbird; Questar; Hymn to Freedom; I'll Take Les; On the Sunny Side of the Street; In a Sentimental Mood; Ladies in Mercedes; Hopeful Morning; Impressions; This I Dig of You, Recorda Me; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Revelation; Cherokee.

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