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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16051 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1058 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: Giles Strong Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Woodland Village Hall, Bishop Auckland. 7:00pm. £12.00.
Fri 08: Sleep Suppressor + Redwell @ Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. adv); £5.00. student.
Fri 08: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth, Co. Durham.
Fri 08: Têtes de Pois + Nauta @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £12.00., £8.00.

Sat 09: Prudhoe Community Band @ Central Station, Newcastle. 10:00am - 12 noon. Charity fundraiser.
Sat 09: Durham Alumni Big Band @ Number One Bar, Skinnergate, Darlington. 1:00pm.
Sat 09: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Sat 09: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Middleton & Todridge Village Hall, Morpeth. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sat 09: Paul Skerritt @ Slaley Hall, Hexham NE47 0BX. 7:30pm. From £42.00.

Sun 10: Musicians Unlimited’s Xmas Party with Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. MU 1:00-3:00pm; Zoë Gilby Quartet 4:00-6:00pm. Tickets: £7.50.
Sun 10: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn @ Darlington Market, Market Square, Darlington. 1:00pm. Free. A ‘Christmas Market’ outdoor gig. Wrap up warm!
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Funk Soul Sista @ Stack, Seaburn. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Beth Clarke @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 10: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Whittingham Memorial Institute, Alnwick. 7:30pm. £12.00., £10.00.
Sun 10: Tele-Port @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Line-up inc. Zhenya Strigalev.

Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 11: Interim Final Recitals @ Newcastle University. Details TBC.

Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Upstairs, Downstairs @ The Globe - March 24

The Globe on Railway Street was doing good business - downstairs a triple bill, upstairs a jam session, and, for a while, quite a few people who were on their way to the Arena (Stereophonics) called in for a pint. Arriving shortly after seven, band of the moment, Knats, were blasting out Footprints. What?! It was advertised as doors at seven o'clock. The place was busy, very busy. Ah, but wait, the Wayne Shorter number was merely an extended soundcheck. Knats would be on stage at nine. 

Upstairs, a more chilled vibe - students sitting around chatting with Jason Holcomb about improvisation and other such matters. This first After Hours event would take the form of a student jam session overseen by trombonist and educator Holcomb. Non-student sitters-in were welcome. Would anyone take up the offer? A jam session with a published set list isn't unheard of, for the less experienced musician it can't be anything other than helpful. Autumn Leaves opened the show - Louis (piano), George (bass), Charlie (drums) plus Liam (guitar), Charis (trombone), Jack (trombone) with much encouragement from Holcomb. 

Alex Utting was in the house, trombone at his side, and it wasn't long before we had a trombonium (if there isn't such a word, there is now!) with Charis, Jack, Alex and Jason blowing. Also in the house, chilling before their set downstairs, the Knats boys. Holcomb called Blue Bossa. Up jumped Ferg Kilsby. Go on, Ferg! Holcomb welcomed Ferg, indeed he knew what our young trumpeter could do. Sure enough, Ferg, all of 16, blew 'em away! Josh, Stan and King David weren't going to miss out, joining the party on So What. Let's say the boys put their stamp on it!

Charis is working towards her final recital so we got to hear her playing Polka Dots and Moonbeams. We wish her well in the coming weeks. The Knats boys departed leaving it to the 'bones - Charis, Jack, Alex and Jason - to play a final few numbers including an excellent All Blues, Tadd Dameron's Lady Bird and How High the Moon. The next After Hours session is scheduled for May 12. This new jam session could be a runner. 

To end an enjoyable evening, downstairs Knats were rocking the joint, followed by new voice, new name, neo-soul singer Frankie Jobling. Great voice, ace band, check her out. Russell          

1 comment :

Jason Holcomb said...

Trombonium…fantastic! Might steal that for a song title :)

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