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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 ...


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.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

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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