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15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Sunday, March 06, 2022

Jambone @ Sage Concourse - March 5

An informal first public outing for Jambone under their new director, Jason Holcomb, aiming to get the band out and about more after two years of reduced exposure. Jason has taken over from Paul Edis, who had ten distinguished years at the helm of the Sage Youth Music Programme’s  jazz ensemble. Any concerns over the giant sized shoes to fill were not apparent, as our effusive young American trombonist and educator (he is also Head of Brass and Director of the Big Band at Newcastle University) introduced his junior charges. He enthusiastically led them through a well judged programme of sprightly old favourites and crowd pleasers, and the band responded in some style to his anecdotes and encouragement.

The concert was in lieu of attendance at the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival at Chester-le-Street this weekend, due to lack of rehearsal time, and maybe due to lack of numbers.  Jason had judiciously augmented the horn section with a trombone from the university and my first impression was actually how strong they sounded as they kicked off with a portentous intro unwinding into the familiar loping stride of The Chicken.  This was driven along nicely by electric bassist Jack locking in nicely with authoritative and propulsive drumming from Nathan Hulme, which was to be a feature of the rest of the gig.  This was followed by an up tempo, short and sweet rendition of Caravan, leading into the Mardi Gras New Orleans seasonal anthem When the Saints Go Marching in – Jason clearly missing his home country this week!
In addition to confident solos spread liberally around the band, and contributions from Izaac on keys spurring them on,  an unexpected highlight was the appearance of two vocalists, Neve and Sophie, for a very engaging rendition of God Bless the Child. Both young singers powerfully and maturely captured Lady Day’s classic, and even gave us a couple of choruses together in sweet harmony as a duet. They were guesting from other programmes at Sage, so hopefully we’ll hear more from them drafted in with Jambone!
The band followed this up with a funky version of Pass the Peas, with confident and effective solos from literally all the band. Enthusiastic applause from the late afternoon coffee and muffins brigade predictably drew an encore (Bye Bye Blackbird) to close the proceedings. All in all, great to see Jambone out and about: clearly in capable and enthusiastic hands with Jason, sensibly starting with some fun and funky repertoire. More please! Chris K

Joseph Meston, James Goldberg, Ferg Kilsby, (trumpet); Caris ? (trombone); Adam Johnstone (alto sax); Izaac Wilson (keys); George Ivanov (guitar);Jack ? (bass guitar); Nathan Hulme (drums); Neve Raine, Sophie Gordon  (vocals).

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