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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16034 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1041 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov. 27).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:30pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: The Central Bar Quartet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The Central Bar Quartet plays Lou Donaldson’s Gravy Train. Featuring Jamie Toms.
Sun 03: Paul Skerritt @ Smith’s Arms, Carlton, Stockton-on-Tees. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: Johnny Hunter Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Jam session @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 04: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ People’s Kitchen, Bath Lane, Newcastle. From 5:30pm. On-street gig supporting the work of the People’s Kitchen charity. Wrap up warm! Donate!
Mon 04: Michael Young Trio w Lindsay Hannon @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm. Free.
Mon 04: James Birkett Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 04: Durham University Jazz Orchestra + Durham University Big Band @ Durham Castle DH1 3RW. 8:30pm. £6.00.; £5.00. concs; £4.00. DSM. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Tue 05: Customs House Big Band @ All Saints Church, Cleadon. 7:00pm. Concert in the church hall. BYOB.
Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Michael Young, Paul Grainger, Sid White. The best free show in town!

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 8:00pm. Free. Note later start time, concert performance (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free CANCELLED!
Thu 07: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay, Newcastle. 12 noon - 4:00pm. £26.00 (inc 3-course meal in in St Mary's Lighthouse Suite). SOLD OUT!
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.Donations. Feat. Mark Sanders.
Thu 07: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Downstairs.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Woodland Village Hall, Bishop Auckland. 7:00pm. £12.00.
Fri 08: Sleep Suppressor + Redwell @ Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. adv); £5.00. student.
Fri 08: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth, Co. Durham.
Fri 08: Têtes de Pois + Nauta @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £12.00., £8.00.

Sat 09: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Sat 09: Abbie Finn Trio @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 09: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Middleton & Todridge Village Hall, Morpeth. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sat 09: Paul Skerritt @ Slaley Hall, Hexham NE47 0BX. 7:30pm. From £42.00.

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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