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Bebop Spoken There

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15867 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 874 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Sept. 25).

From This Moment On ...


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.

Tue 03: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 03: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Michael Young (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Paul Wight (drums).

Sunday, May 01, 2022

The Arun Ghosh Quartet @ the Globe - April 30

(© Ken Drew)
Arun Gosh (clarinet); Kapil Seshasayee (guitar); Gavin Barras (bass guitar); Dave Walsh (drums)

International Jazz Day! New Orleans' style brass bands would be parading along Pilgrim St. the  pubs would be full of swing dancers and there would be sax players busking on every corner of Tyneside's first city. Well, er, it didn't exactly quite work out like that. It was raining and NUFC were losing a game of football. 

However, all was not lost. The Jazz Coop, Jazz North East and Gem Arts combined to put on a day that commemorated, not only IJD but, also, the eighth anniversary of the Coop's formation.

Such an occasion deserved something special and boy did they deliver something special!

I'm not sure if this was a jazzy rock gig or a rocky jazz gig - probably somewhere in the middle but who cared? The standing ovation at the end was the very least they deserved.

The seats were set out theatre style and still some peeps had to stand - that's how busy it was.

(© Ken Drew)
It began with Ghosh clarineting his way to the stage playing Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire before launching into two set's of originals interspersed with his engaging patter.

He played, he danced, he involved the audience who happily went along with the hand-clapping and the eastern chanting.

Seshasayee had only just joined the band but it didn't show. Barras was a rock on bass guitar whilst Walsh's drumming a wonder to behold.

Earlier in the day, Ghosh held a family show which covered all ages. I wasn't there but, with his engaging personality, it couldn't have been anything other than a success.

(© Ken Drew)
This was followed, upstairs, with sets by Swing Bridge, Patrick Cromb and Friends and the Blue Jazz Quartet plus a jam session.

A highly successful and enjoyable International Jazz Day - Lance

The Arun Ghosh Quartet played: Hope Springs; Sister Green; Hadji; Surrender to the Sea; Five Ways; Longside Lagoon; Punjabi Girl; Aurora.

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