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15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Jo Harrop @ The Oxford Tavern, London - March 14

Jo Harrop (vocals); Jamie McCredie (guitar); Jihad Darwish (double bass); Peter Adam Hill (drums) + Paul Edis (piano)

Jo Harrop is riding the crest of a wave. Weathering the Storm, her duo album with guitarist Jamie McCredie, garnered rave reviews (one critic describing it as 'perfect') and her latest recording, The Heart Wants, is making a big impact. An upcoming vinyl album launch gig at Ronnie Scott's plus a string of tour dates suggest our County Durham raised, London resident vocalist's star is in the ascendant. This evening at the Oxford Tavern in Kentish Town Harrop brought in the A-Team.

You'd be so nice to come home to sang Harrop. Great! And what a band! Richard Rodgers' Lover followed by Early Autumn from Weathering the Storm, Jo Harrop's ear for a good tune is an invaluable asset and her 'late-night' vocal style never fails to draw in the listener. Throw in a dirty blues from Bessie Smith (Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl) and a swinging Too Close for Comfort and our girl from 'up north' had 'em wrapped around her little finger.

Harrop regularly works with bassist Jihad Darwish (our man has 'up north' connections) and drummer Peter Adam Hill. These guys are the business, no question. Jamie McCredie is an amazing guitarist, as fluent as any six-stringer, ideas tumbling forth (he too hails from the north east of England) and Harrop's special guest on this Monday evening gig, pianist Paul Edis, is another who upped sticks from Tyneside, making London his home. 

Hill featured on Just One of Those Things, Harrop and Darwish alone together on Elvis Costello's Almost Blue will live long in the memory, Everything's Changing from the new album, all five musicians on the stand were on top form. Lerner and Loewe's Wouldn't it be Loverly (from My Fair Lady), Guilty (plucked from the early thirties), Jo Harrop (and band) made this a night to remember. 

In addition to her upcoming album launch on Frith Street (April 25) Jo Harrop has a string of dates lined-up, one of them is sure to be near you. Do yourself a favour, go hear a singer at the top of her game. Russell

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