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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 22: Olly Styles (saxophone): Stage 2 recital @ The Music Sudios, Newcastle University. 10:00am. Free, all welcome.
Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Baghdaddies @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Down for the Count Swing Orchestra @ Whitley Bay Playhouse - March 25

Mike Paul-Smith (MD, piano); Max Fagandini (trumpet, trombone, vocals); Tim Rabbitt (trumpet); Alex Western-King (tenor sax, clarinet); Damon Oliver (alto sax); Sam Irvine (tenor sax, baritone sax); David Bowden (double bass); James Smith (drums); Hannah Castleman (vocals); Lydia Bell (vocals)

A run of three concerts in Scotland and one at Whitley Bay Playhouse constituted something of an 'up north' tour for the Down for the Count Swing Orchestra. MD Mike Paul-Smith said this was the first time the band had visited Tyneside, adding he hoped it would be the first of many. The Down for the Count outfit tours with various line-ups, this Playhouse 'Legends of Swing' concert presented its mini big band playing a wide selection of swing numbers. Suited and booted, the gentlemen of the orchestra wearing suits 'kindly provided by Marc Darcy', the ladies wearing 'evening gowns', by whom, who knows?

The outstanding James Smith (drums) brought in Sing, Sing, Sing, the horn section a siren chorus. In true revue style, band leader Paul-Smith kept the show moving along. Hannah Castleman walked out on to stage to sing an effective In a Mellotone. Ms C would return. Paul-Smith announced a 'trumpet-off' with trumpeters Max Fagandini and Tim Rabbitt slugging it out front of stage on Bugle Call Rag. All good fun! Our second vocalist of the evening, Lydia Bell, sang Ella's lyrics to Frank Foster's Shiny Stockings. Ms B stayed on to sing Bei Mir Bist du Schoen accompanied by Alex Western-King's clarinet. 

A jet-lagged Max Fagandini (48 hours earlier he was out in Santa Fe, New Mexico) sang, not quite a la Fats Waller, I'm Crazy 'bout my Baby. Yes, this was a revue show, make no mistake. Alto saxophonist Damon Oliver stepped into Johnny Hodges' shoes to play Don't Get Around Much Anymore. Ellington to Basie to Benny G to Louis Prima, there was something for anyone and everyone if they had that certain swing thing. 

Bourbon St ParadeIn the Mood (MD Paul-Smith insisting the band rarely, if ever, plays the number, this evening it was a special request), Why Don't You Do Right? (Ms Castleman singing), Ms Bell nailing Ella's scatting on Blue Skies, the pace never let up. The Down for the Count Swing Orchestra presents a good fun, value for money show. The band plans to return to the region next year, as and when it does, book a front row seat. Russell                  

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