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15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Monday, March 07, 2022

The Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Friday March 4

The Great North Big Band Jazz Festival (GNBBJF) is back in business! Last year's event fell victim to the pandemic, fortunately this year's celebration of all things big bands was able to go ahead as planned. Saturday and Sunday would be competition days, this Friday evening session took the form of a concert double bill featuring Musicians Unlimited and the GNBBJF's Festival Big Band

Mick Donnelly's Musicians Unlimited is the big band down Teesside way and the band's annual appearance here in Chester le Street guaranteed a great start to a jam-packed weekend. MD Donnelly opened the band's extensive pad to select an eclectic mix of instrumental numbers plus a few arrangements for vocalist Jan Spencelayh to take a look at. MU's sections are chock-full of big hitters: in the trumpet section we heard GNBBJF director Bill Watson in scintillating form (trumpet and flugelhorn) not least on Gordon Goodwin's Jazz PoliceMick Shoulder (electric bass) cruising on the GG chart, similarly alto saxophonist Mark Toomey. Band MD Mick Donnelly made no apology for including In the Mood in the set list, especially as it was Doc Severinsen's chart, the reeds excelling, likewise Watson and fellow trumpeter Kevin Eland

Jan Spencelayh could be heard loud and clear on Lullaby of Broadway and a bold rendition of Cheek to Cheek. Musicians Unlimited's regular Sunday lunchtime engagement recently came to an end. The good news is the band will be be making a one-off return to the Park Inn on Park Road in Hartlepool. Subsequent dates, perhaps with a permanent venue, will be announced in due course. The initial date for your diary is Sunday 27 March (1:00pm).

Earlier in the evening, Bill Watson conducted the GNBBJF's Festival Band. The ensemble, comprising University of Sunderland students past and present working alongside established names on the regional jazz scene including Keiran Parnaby (trombone), and, making a guest appearance, pianist Marcus Brown, hit the ground running. What a great way to announce the return of one of the jewels in the big band jazz calendar! A Foggy Day in London Town, Louie Bellson's Brush Taps (a spotlight feature for the ever-impressive drummer John Bradford), Catch As Catch Can featuring an all-female reeds section, numbers from the NYJO pad, Bobby Shew's Blue (for Blue Mitchell), and it wouldn't be a big band concert without a Sammy Nestico chart. Yes, this was mainstream big band jazz at its best! Russell

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