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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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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.

Sunday, April 03, 2022

The New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club - April. 2

Last month, after what seemed like an eternity, Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club resumed its monthly sessions at St Augustine's Parish Centre. The March session drew a sizeable crowd to hear TJ Johnson. April's concert (twice rescheduled) similarly attracted a large turn out to the Larchfield Street venue to hear the New Century Ragtime Orchestra. As the ensemble ambled onto stage at least one new recruit was seen taking his seat in the reeds. As usual, the NCRO invited one or two special guests to participate in the day's performance.  

Jazz club organisers welcomed the band onto stage as the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra. Not quite a faux pas, nevertheless the NCRO's MC Steve Andrews wasn't about to miss an open goal replying: It's nice to be back here in Newton Aycliffe! And so the hilarity began, as did the music. Strictly ragtime? No, the set list ranged from ragtime to the dangerously modern swing era! Numbers by, or associated with, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Moten, Ozzie Nelson, Luis Russell, Clarence Williams and others were heard during two entertaining sets. Henderson recorded What-Cha-Call 'Em Blues in 1925, the NCRO's take on the number set the standard for the afternoon. 

A Keith Nichols' transcription of Ellington's Black Beauty heard from Dave Hignett (trumpet), Neville Hartley (trombone), Ian Wynne (piano) and Andrews playing clarinet. MC Andrews informed the audience that the ever-elegant Hartley would play Tommy Dorsey's hot solo on I'm Dancing with Tears in My Eyes with the band's 'boy crooner', Mr Jimmy McBriarty, crooning. Much well-deserved applause followed. Wynne, one of the younger members of the orchestra, delighted the full house with a sparkling Maple Leaf Rag. Long-serving NCRO band member Keith Stephen counted 'em in all afternoon and was heard to great effect on guitar on the much-loved Panama.

Second set, more Fletcher Henderson (Variety Stomp), Clarence Williams' Mountain City Blues highlighting classic jazz era percussionist Nick Ward's immaculate musicianship, Dave Hignett rising to the challenge playing Ain't Misbehavin'
, Cliff Jackson's The Terror featuring pianist Wynne (Andrews jokily asking him if he wished to be excused!) and a storming take on Ozzie Nelson's Swamp Fire (Hignett plungering, Andrews showing what he can do blowing some great hot tenor sax), and before we knew it, it was almost time to go. 

Throughout the afternoon the ensemble played as if it hadn't been in enforced hibernation, new boy Josh Bentham (Durham Alumni Big Band, Musicians Unlimited) slotting into the reeds very nicely, and all the way from Edinburgh, leader of the Edinburgh Light Orchestra, Lawrence Dunn reading the violin parts with consummate ease. Next month's Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club session (Saturday 7 May) sees the return of the great American pianist Jeff Barnhart and his Mr Men. Russell         
Steve Andrews (MC, tenor sax, clarinet, vocals), Jimmy McBriarty (alto sax, clarinet, vocals), Josh Bentham (alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet), Alan Marshall (tenor sax, clarinet); Dave Hignett (trumpet), Alistair Lord (trumpet, cornet); Neville Hartley (trombone); Lawrence Dunn (violin); Keith Stephen (guitar, banjo); Ian Wynne (piano); Phil Rutherford (tuba); Nick Ward (drums)

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