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16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 12: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Katrina Miller Trio @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sat 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00-9:00pm. £10.00.
Sat 13: Phantom Bagman + Forgetmenots @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:30pm.£5.00. + bf. Upstairs.
Sat 13: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Downstairs.

Sun 14: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Alan Law, Jude Murphy & Tim Johnston @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 14: JazzMain @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 15: Dave Newton @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf. Newton, solo piano.
Mon 15: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 15: Hideout @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.50 + £1.33 bf. Feat. Sleep Suppressor + Flat Moon.
Mon 15: Russ Morgan Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Joe Webb Quartet @ The Spice of Life, London - March 14

Joe Webb (piano); Will Arnold-Forster (guitar); Tom Farmer (double bass); Richard Pite (drums) 

Monday lunchtime at the Spice of Life, it's the new Friday night out! All seats taken for the appearance of the mercurial Joe Webb, this was an eagerly anticipated gig. Introducing the concert, promoter (and drummer on the gig) Richard Pite, described himself as 'the old git' on the bandstand, saying he was looking forward to joining 'three young Turks' on the session which he hoped would 'swing like the clappers'. A pint of McMullen Brewery's Country Best Bitter, a seat to one side of the stage to ensure a good view of Webb playing the house upright, the quartet opened with Jive at Five. It swung alright, then some! 

Joe Webb is in the vanguard of young British jazz musicians (in their twenties/thirties) who know their jazz history and, what's more, have technique in abundance to play the music with panache and verve. Joining Webb today, guitarist Will Arnold-Foster, bassist Tom Farmer (of Empirical fame) and the aforementioned Spice of Life promoter (and regular Mike Durham International Classic Jazz Party participant), drummer Richard Pite.  

Pianist Webb summoned the spirit of Tatum, Peterson and other legendary figures, his infectious enthusiasm a joy to behold. Sheet music nowhere to be seen, Webb's quartet truly swung like the clappers, and when the occasion called for it, classic numbers (I Cover the Waterfront and In a Sentimental Mood) were afforded due respect. 

A blistering Cottontail, then to close the first set, a dizzying I Want to Be Happy. Forty five minutes had flown by, a sure sign of a great set. Another McMullen's, a natter, and it was time to settle down for the second set. 

My Heart Stood Still (Tom Farmer, impressive solo), I'm Confessin' That I Love You (Webb, wow!), an unlikely Little Suede Shoes, a likely Stompin' at the Savoy, piano, guitar and bass solos, plus MC Pite nonchalantly dispatching fours on All God's Chillun Got Rhythm, this Spice of Life gig sure did swing like the proverbials. Fats Waller's Jitterbug Waltz sent us on our way. A great afternoon.

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