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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Lewis Watson Quartet @ Opus 4 Jazz Club, Darlington - April 22

Lewis Watson (tenor sax); Mark Williams (guitar); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums)

A second appearance of the day by Lewis Watson. Earlier, in reviewing tenor saxophonist Watson's lunchtime concert in Newcastle, BSH Editor-in-Chief LL opted to mix sporting metaphors - citing heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston and footballer Cristiano Ronaldo - to describe/review the rarely-spotted Watson's performance. Forget Ronaldo, this was George Best. The Manchester United legend retired at the age of 26 (tennis legend Bjorn Borg did the same thing). We hadn't seen or heard from Lewis Watson for quite some time (pre-pandemic) and this double-header of a day marked something of a comeback.

As at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle, here at the Traveller's Rest in Cockerton, Darlington, Watson opened with Trane's Liberia. In good fettle and in great form, we should treasure the return of this most majestic of tenor saxophonists. Watson's team mates - Mark Williams, Mick Shoulder and John Bradford - were more than up to the job as Best, sorry, Watson, weaved, dream-like, through the changes. Jerry Bergonzi's Optimum Propensity challenged the quartet here at Opus 4 Jazz Club, all four musicians played a blinder. El Gaucho, a magical Beatrice (Watson has had Sam Rivers' tune in his pad for years and years), then a departure from the Lit & Phil set list with a take on Steve Swallow's Eiderdown

Understandably, Lewis Watson the tenor player likes his tenor players. Earlier, Sam Rivers, now, into the second set of the evening, Joe Henderson and Recorda Me. Appreciative of his team mates (and perhaps looking for a breather), Watson momentarily left the stage to listen to the trio play I Should Care (Mark Williams has been known to say of the Axel Stordahl/Paul Weston composition: Great tune!). The trio has been known to gig as a working unit. Excellent. 

Returning to the stage, Watson and the boys revisited Everything Happens to Me, drummer John Bradford's use of brushes an example of how it can be done - a listening ear, a sympathetic ear. And before we knew it, time for one more. Wayne Shorter's Yes or No. Wow! The power, the dynamics, the total command of his instrument, make no mistake, Lewis Watson is back! Watch this space, it's likely we'll be hearing more from L Watson, tenor saxophonist. Russell

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