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15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 30: John Pope Quintet + Late Girl + Shapeshifters @ Bobik's, Jesmond, Newcastle.
Sat 30: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.


Sun 01: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 01: Dulcie May Moreno sings Portrait of Sheila @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. Moreno sings Sheila Jordan with Giles Strong, Mick Shoulder & John Bradford.
Sun 01: Middlesbrough Jazz & Blues Orchestra @ Saltburn Community Hall. 2:00pm.
Sun 01: The Easy Rollers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £13.70., £11.55.
Sun 01: Brand/Roberts/Champion/Sanders @ Blank Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Sun 01: Papa G's Troves @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 02: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 02: FILM: Wattstax; 50th Anniversary @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 8:00pm.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Cedric Burnside @ The Cluny - May 29

Cedric Burnside (vocals, guitars); Artemas LeSueur (drums)

Cedric Burnside first appeared in Newcastle in February 2019, since when the world has changed somewhat with lives being put on hold, waiting out an unimagined pandemic. Now, post-lockdown, if not post-pandemic, Burnside, born in Tennessee, raised in Mississippi, is back on the road touring his latest album, I Be Trying. The Cluny gave Burnside and award-winning drummer Artemas LeSueur a warm welcome, Burnside beginning the set with several fretless six-string acoustic guitar/vocal numbers, in due course he would be joined on stage by his fellow American.

The world can be so cold could be words written about the global pandemic, whatever, the cut from Burnside's Grammy-winning album I Be Trying opened the set. Robust finger style guitar playing - Burnside must have hands of steel! - allied to no nonsense Mississippi hill country vocals reverberated from the stage, the largely standing audience into it from the off. On his previous visit to Newcastle tracks from Burnside's Benton County Relic album featured in the set and did so again this evening, Hard to Stay Cool one of them.  

Four or five numbers in, Burnside stopped suddenly, saying he couldn't find the right chord on his fretless. Rather than continue, he changed to the first of two electric guitars he had with him, in the process, introducing drummer Artemas LeSueur. From the age of ten LeSueur played drums in the Tabernacle of Prayer Church, Holly Springs, Mississippi. The recipient of an award bestowed upon him by the Clarksdale Drummers Association, LeSueur quickly demonstrated his chops, no mere timekeeper is our Mississippian!

Burnside and LeSueur knew the late Junior Kimbrough and in one of several personal anecdotes, Burnside recalled the much-missed blues guitarist (Burnside's father, drummer Calvin Jackson worked and recorded with Kimbrough), his  easy rapport with the Newcastle audience no doubt winning him many more fans. Love is the Key and many more 'front porch' hill country numbers were delivered in searing electric blues guitar style; rhythmic, pulsating, irregular meter, stylistically a tip of the hat to many of the long gone giants of the music. 

Cedric Burnside's British tour continues this evening (Monday 30) in Glasgow, Tuesday in Manchester, and on Thursday (June 2) Burnside and LeSueur can be heard at Ronnie Scott's. Russell                                    

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