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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15867 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 874 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Sept. 25).

From This Moment On ...


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.

Sat 30: John Pope Quintet + Late Girl + Shapeshifters @ Bobik's, Jesmond, Newcastle.
Sat 30: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.


Sun 01: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 01: Dulcie May Moreno sings Portrait of Sheila @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. Moreno sings Sheila Jordan with Giles Strong, Mick Shoulder & John Bradford.
Sun 01: Middlesbrough Jazz & Blues Orchestra @ Saltburn Community Hall. 2:00pm.
Sun 01: The Easy Rollers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £13.70., £11.55.
Sun 01: Brand/Roberts/Champion/Sanders @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 01: Papa G's Troves @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 02: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 02: FILM: Wattstax; 50th Anniversary @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 8:00pm.

Monday, March 07, 2022

Sunday Night Jazz @ The Globe: Hand to Mouth - March 6

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Bradley Johnston (guitars)

In the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me, Carly Simon sang Nobody Does it Better. Hand to Mouth didn't sing/play Nobody Does it Better but the audience at The Globe last night most certainly loved them. and, if it had been in their repertoire then the title would have been very appropriate.

Lindsay, booted and mini-dressed atop a barstool and Bradley, suited and slim-jimmed at ground level, gave a performance that was, even by their standards, exceptional. 

From Brad's opening guitar intro to The Very Thought of You through to Lindsay's wistful farewell on Some Other Time the audience were spellbound - no one dared to drop a pin.

The material was, in the main, drawn from the legendary duo albums by Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald although Lindsay tends to sound more like a raunchy version of Peggy Lee and there's nothing wrong with that! Brad is like whoever he wants to sound like. On this occasion it was Joe Pass. In his parallel universes he could be Django Reinhardt or Pat Metheny or even himself!

I'm Thru With Love brought back memories of Marilyn Monroe singing it in the film Some Like it Hot - Lindsay got the decision. All Too Soon was followed by I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues with Brad switching to Spanish acoustic.

Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, then an impromptu Mean to Me with Lindsay delivering a couple of scat choruses before Solitude and I'm a Fool to Want You brought us up to the interval.

Time for a pint of Doom Bar. As the gig featured Hand to Mouth it seemed the appropriate thing to do.

Time for the second set and nobody left. More Ella/Joe with Take Love Easy. Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You and Nature Boy were followed by, what was for me, the highlight of the evening in an evening full of highlights - These Foolish Things, soft and sensuous. Now, hours later, the line 'oh how the ghost of you clings' is still running around in my head. Brad's playing a chordal accompaniment and a bassline simultaneously added to the overall impact.

Come Rain or Come Shine, the inevitable Joni Mitchell number (Blue Motel Room) and, all too soon it, was Down With Love and Some Other Time*.

As I said at the beginning - nobody does it better. Lance

*Some other time at Bishop Auckland Town Hall (March 11) and the Lit & Phil (March 18). Both 1:00pm - 2:00pm.

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