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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15260 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 279 of them this year alone and, so far, 92 this month (March 29).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 02: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny. 12:45pm.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 04: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 04: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Bradley Johnston (guitar); Paul Grainger (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums).

Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 06: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Donations. Feat. John Pope, Marie Shreer, John Garner.
Thu 06: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibtion Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Thu 06: Darlington Big Band @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Note earlier start time.

Fri 07: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 07: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 07: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 07: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 07: Finntet + Zoë Gilby & Andy Champion @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE.
Fri 07: TBA @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.

Sat 08: Me Lost Me + Ceitidh Mac + Heather Ferrier @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl, Newcastle. 7:30pm. JNE.
Sat 08: Joseph Carville Trio @ The Vault, Darlington Covered Market, Darlington DL1 5PN. 6:00pm. New venue, live jazz!
Sat 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. RESCHEDULED from last week (Sat 01).
Sat 08: Robbie Reay @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Acoustic blues. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Sat 08: Anth Purdy @ Mr Tighe's, Bebside, Northumberland. 8:30pm.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Binker Golding Quintet @ Sage Gateshead - March 18

Binker Golding (tenor sax); Deschanel Gordon (piano); Billy Adamson (guitar); Max Luthert (double bass); Jamie Murray (drums) 

Binker Golding asked the audience if anyone had booked tickets two years ago and held on to them. A forest of hands went up. Tenor saxophonist, and one half of the the much vaunted duo Binker and Moses, Binker Golding had been scheduled to play Sage Gateshead in March 2020. In those far off pre-pandemic days the Londoner was due to be on Tyneside with his quartet to play a concert at the then recently revamped Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Sadly, the rebranded 2020 'Gateshead Jazz' event never happened. It had been a long wait, but at last we were about to hear Golding and his quintet.

Yes, Golding walked out onto Sage Two's stage with his quintet, not quartet as advertised. Drummer Jamie Murray, the sole survivor from Golding's most recent appearance in the region (Middlesbrough Town Hall, 2019), was joined by guitarist Billy Adamson, bassist Max Luthert and BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, pianist Deschanel Gordon. 

Golding's two sets (precisely 45 mins each set) featured new material from the quintet's forthcoming new album. Our affable bandleader didn't bother too much in announcing titles, preferring to let the music speak for itself. Ah, the music...few in the audience could have predicted Billy Adamson's slide guitar opening the show, echoes of Ry Cooder! And then it fell into place, the second number - Love Me Like a Woman - was Golding's knowing take on Bonnie Raitt's Love Me Like a Man, Raitt herself a demon slide player. 

For the most part we were listening to the lyrical Binker Golding, the firebrand Golding keeping a low profile. Only occasionally did our man stoke it up, largely due to some terrific piano playing by Gordon. The rhythm section boys - Luthert and Murray - didn't let up all night, Adamson supplying the blues element. The set ranged across an Americana landscape via a Celtic jig (surely more than a nod to St Patrick's Day?!) to brief excursions in the post-bop fast lane. The Gateshead audience wanted more, Golding and Gordon returned to the stage to play a magical version of My One and Only Love.

Binker Golding returns to Tyneside on April 24 on what is certain to be an entirely different musical evening. Our man will be working in free jazz territory alongside John Edwards and Steve Noble at Newcastle Jazz Co-op's Railway Street premises. It's guaranteed to be different, very different. Russell

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