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15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Monday, March 21, 2022

Alan Barnes w. Paul Hartley Trio + Al Wood @ the Railway, Stockport -March 20

Alan Barnes (alto sax/clarinet); Paul Hartley (guitar); Ken Marley (bass); Dave Hassell (drums) + Al Wood (alto sax).

Having arrived early to make sure of getting a good seat I was surprised to find the room already half full and by the time 9:00pm came along it was standing room only. I noticed a change in the original line-up with, on drums, Dave Hassell as a replacement for Eryl Roberts. Dave is well known as a drummer, educator and Latin percussionist who also leads his own band called Apitos.

During his opening announcement Alan mentioned that there were quite a few musicians in the audience  and he would be inviting one of them to join him on a few tunes. This person turned out to be Yorkshire based multi-instrumentalist Al Wood who I remember being a member of Maynard Ferguson’s UK band and who I also saw leading his own big band at the Seven Arts Centre. He also was in Ken Marley’s quartet when I heard Ken’s Tribute to Benny Carter at Woodhouses WMC, Failsworth a few years ago.

Alan opened the concert with the tune Suddenly it’s Spring on alto which was his choice of horn throughout the evening, the only time he played clarinet was on the Jobim number Triste which was given the bossa nova treatment.  After the forth number of the first set Al Wood joined the band for an up tempo Just Friends and a lively rendition of the Sonny Rollins theme Oleo

After the break, Alan played two more numbers then again called on Al Wood to join him on the final three tunes and the encounter was well received by the audience. I do hope Mr Wood plays this venue again as this is what the world needs right now and it would be great for him to bring his trumpet with him. 

As an encore the band played that great Clifford Brown tune Joy Spring and both altos left everyone in a good mood.

Next 'Jazz at the Railway' is on March 22 with Paul Hartley’s Quartet featuring Julian Gregory - Mike Farmer (photos  © Jeff Pritchard).


Suddenly it's Spring; You’d be so Nice to Come Home to; Triste; Spring is Here; Just Friends Oleo; I’m Old Fashioned; Darn That Dream; I Love You; Blues in the Closet; Joy Spring.

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