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14362 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 581 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm. CANCELLED!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.


Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs. @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Jam Session @ the Black Swan - April 19

Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums) + Harry Keeble, Alan Marshall, Johannes Dalhuijsen (tenor sax); Esther Coombes (alto sax/clarinet); David Gray (trombone/vocals); Edgar Bell (cornet); Jacob Ruusan-Pritchett (piano); Joe Steels, Jimi Savage (guitar); Michael Mather (drums); Jan Spencelayh, Niffi Osiyemi, Kit Giroux, David Gray, Conor ? (vocals)

Another whiz-bang jam with players, often flying by the seat of their pants as is the norm at jam sessions, popping up with such regularity and in various combinations that it was nigh impossible to keep track of who played what with whom!

Some were regulars, some irregulars and some were showing their face for the first time.

This last category included guitar guru and recording engineer Jimi Savage who was mega impressive - you had to be when Mark Williams was in the house trio! Another guitarist who emerged unscathed from the shadow of the the great man was Joe Steels.

Only one pianist tonight - Jacob Ruusan-Pritchett - a 19 year old who, after some initial hesitancy slotted in nicely and during a short interval played a very emotive Georgia on my Mind. Which Georgia was on his mind wasn't stated.

There were saxophones a plenty this week. No less than three tenors (no, not those three!) in the form of the ever present Harry Keeble who's even beginning to look like a young Tubby Hayes. Mainstay of the Customs House Big Band and Classic Swing, Alan Marshall and Johannes Dalhuijsen from Take it to the Bridge. All added their own distinguished degree of individuality. Esther Coombes offered contrast with her nicely paced solos on both alto and clarinet.

Edgar Bell blew cornet and Michael Mather spelled Tim Johnston back o' the kit.

Paul Grainger marshalled  the troops into platoons but once they set off it was invariably David Gray who took control triple tonguing and slipping and sliding around the Bb and F trombone. When not performing incredible feats of trombonology he sang words to Chick's 500 Miles High

Showtime wasn't the only chanter in the house. Jan sang Cry me a River, You Turned the Tables on me and At Last. Niffi, the Queen of Soul, or was it the Empress of the Blues reincarnated? shouted and hollered her way through 'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do, a rather risqué blues and, Almost Like Being in Love

Giroux posed the question: Have You Met Miss Jones? and later confessed that he was Misty (and too much in love). Finally, another first timer: Conor (Conner?) sang Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine from the musical Showboat with, on this occasion, trombone by Showtime. 

Back in a fortnight - Lance

1 comment :

K.G said...

Conor Polley was his name

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