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16434 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 314 of them this year alone and, so far, 26 this month (May 9).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 18: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. Celebrating ‘10 years of the Jazz Jam!’. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston. A Late Shows event.
Sat 18: SH#RP Collective @ Holy Name Parish Church Hall, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. Bar available, BYO snacks. A Jesmond Community Festival event. All proceeds to Kabuyanda Charity (Ugandan health care).
Sat 18: Red Kites Jazz @ Staithes Café, Autumn Drive, Gateshead. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Alligator Gumbo @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 18: Papa G’s Amigos special summer Latin set @ The Schooner, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 9:00pm. Free.
Sat 18: Late Night Special with Ruth Lambert & special guests @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 10:00pm-midnight. £5.00. (booking essential). Lambert & surprise jam session guests from down the years.

Sun 19: BTS Trombone Day @ Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College, Durham University DH1 3LT. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free to British Trombone Society members (£10.00. & £5.00. to non-members). Recitals, workshops and mass blows.
Sun 19: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. £25.00. Tutor: Andrea Vicari. Enquiries:
Sun 19: Ransom Van @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 19: Andrea Vicari Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ the Crescent Club, Cullercoats. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 20: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:00-8:00pm. Free. Opus de Funk: Horace Silver.
Mon 20: Joe Steels-Ben Lawrence Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: The Doris Day Story @ Phoenix Theatre, Blyth. 7:30pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Jammin' @ the Black Swan - May 17

A fortnight ago, I bemoaned the absence of the horn players (Where have all the blowers gone?). This time it was Where have all the guitars gone? and, apart from Esther who was impressive on clarinet and David Gray who blew the room apart with his cutting edge solos and a croony vocal on Just Friends this was indeed predominantly a singers session - almost a jazz Go As You Please at the Wheeltappers and Shunters!

Don't get me wrong, all of the singers are rated highly across the region and can pull paying gigs. However, the beauty of a jam session lies in the mix of instrumentalist and vocalist which, tonight, was very much biassed towards the latter. So I look forward to seeing the balance redressed at future jams. Lance

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Abbie Finn (drums) + Edgar Bell (cornet); David Gray (trombone/vocals); Esther Coombes (clarinet); Haaruun Miller (alto/tenor sax); Jack Anderson (bass/bass guitar); Murray Wankling (piano); Chris Finney, Tom Parry-Jones, Will Pease, Mark ?, Michael Mather (drums); Jan Spencelayh, Kit Giroux, Niffi Osiyemi, Ian Dreever, Patrick Cromb, Chen ?, Will Reece (vocals).


Haaruun Miller said...

One of the drummers was called Mark Taylor. Not sure about the rest of them though.

Brian shine said...

Your right a about a jazz go as you please at the Wheeltapers and shunters, before long we will have the bingo on


Ann Alex said...

Sorry Lance but I have to say that you sound very dismissive of all these talented singers. Why don't you tell us what they sang and how they compared with each other? Patrick Cromb alone deserved a mention as a fairly new kid on the block. I've heard him and he's very good. Come to think of it, you haven't mentioned much about the instrumentalists either!
Ann Alex

Russell said...

Ann, perhaps it's jam session fatigue (on Lance's part). Where have all the horn players gone? If you want to hear what's been happening recently, why not come along, drink some beer (lots of it!) and find out for yourself.

Paul Grainger said...

Thanks for that Haaruun, in the melee I don't always manage to get everybody's names or give them full credit. Also thanks for coming along and playing. It was good to meet you and hear you play. I hope you can join us on the 31st for the next session:

Lance said...

Well Ann, seeing as you asked, here are some of the songs:
Jan:Autumn Leaves, Cheek to Cheek.
Kit: Don't Get Around Much Anymore, But Not For me.
Niffi: Sweet Georgia Brown, I Wish I Knew How it Felt to be Free.
Chen: Fly me to the Moon.
Ian: Come Fly with me, The Shadow of your Smile.
Patrick:Someone to Watch Over me, It Had to be You.
Will Reece: Bewitched.

The trio opened up with My Silent Love and Who Can I Turn To?
Other instrumentals included All Blues and Misty featuring Edgar and Haaruun. Impressions with David Gray, Murray and Jack on bass guitar.

The finale was Work Song with Michael Mather on triangle.

Ian said...

Nice meeting you on the Metro, Lance.
I'll have to get along for a look in sometime ;-)

Ann Alex said...

Lance, Thanks for all the extra information. The triangle on Work Song sounds like fun!
Russell, I really wish I could get along to these jam sessions but I have mobility problems just now, hopefully this will be dealt with by physiotherapy soon.

Lance said...

Ian, next one is on May 31. 7:30 start. Check it out.

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