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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Album review: The Gaz Hughes Trio - Beboperation

Gaz Hughes (drums); Andrzej Baranek (piano); Ed Harrison (bass)

Beboperation: The opening track of this excellent drummer-led album is an interesting tune and contains some high-octane piano from Andrzej Baranek. As far as I know, this is a Fats Navarro composition and is rarely played due to its complexity.


Body and Soul: This, of course, is the well known Johnny Green standard and I still think the early recording by Coleman Hawkins is the best, but this version is a one that bears repeated plays.

Caravan: A great tune from the pen of Juan Tizol and Gaz gets stuck into the theme right from the start and it made me wonder why more of Tizol’s tunes do not get played. Moonlight Fiesta is one I listen to a lot from Clark Terry’s In Orbit album with a great solo by Thelonious Monk.


Have You Met Miss Jones?: If you go to jam sessions you’ll often hear this number played and sometimes the results can be less than satisfying! Here the trio do a great rendition and the tempo they choose is slower than most versions I’ve heard. The drums are prominent during the theme. Good bass solo from Ed.


I Mean You: Starts with some interplay by bass and drums. Great left hand from Andrzej throughout and the spirit of Monk is present.


Oleo: On this Rollins number everyone is cooking up a storm. Gaz starts the tune with a short drum solo then Andrzej does his thing reminding me of the late great Hampton Hawes and also Hilton Ruiz.


Prelude to a Kiss: Everytime I hear this tune I think of Ben Webster and how his sound suited this number. I’m glad Gaz included this tune in the album as it does not get played too often. This trio version should please all fans of Ellingtonia.


Send In The Clowns: I’ve never been too keen on this show tune but I must admit to liking  the way it's played here.


Seven Steps To Heaven: This composition by Victor Feldman is given a Latin treatment by Gaz and his colleagues and is the final track on an excellent album. 

Having seen all members of the trio playing live on numerous occasions I can say that this album is a good indication of what to expect if you are able to hear them on their forthcoming tour. Mike Farmer.


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