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15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 06: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

ARQ @ Sage Gateshead - June 18

Alison Rayner (bass/bass guitar); Diane McLoughlin (tenor/sop sax); Deirdre Cartwright (guitar); Steve Lodder (piano); Buster Birch (drums).

The competition at Sage Gateshead was fierce. In Sage One Opera North were unleashing five hours of Wagner's Parsifal "story of suffering, compassion, and, ultimately, redemption, centred on the community of knights who guard the Holy Grail" - not your typical Saturday night out in Gateshead.

True, the Wagnerians pulled in more punters than ARQ did in Sage Two but, percentage-wise, I'd gamble that fewer people, if any, fell asleep in the smaller Hall - Wagner does tend to go on a bit.

Pardon my levity - my opera loving mother would be turning in her grave at such sacrilegious comments although, in fairness, she did herself prefer Verdi. 

She may even have enjoyed ARQ as we, the audience, most certainly did. Five incredible musicians playing meaningful originals from three albums, A Magic Life and two which have been reviewed here: August and Short Stories.

When a band is as tight as this individuals usually come secondary to the whole but, when the said individuals are of the calibre of ARQ then individuality does tend to shine through.

Leader Rayner, apart from composing most of the pieces, is steadfast and strong on upright bass whilst on electric she funks it up with the best. 

On piano - how nice it is to have had two consecutive gigs with a real live grand - Lodder impressed with his dexterity. A pianist who ranks with best. 

At the other end of the stage Cartwright dazzled and delighted mixing swing with rock riffs and occasional pedalboard excursions. 

Birch drove from the back setting the mood and occasionally tearing it up with a solo such as on his feature Buster Breaks a Beat

McLoughlin on tenor and soprano has long been a favorite of mine ever since I first heard her sitting in with Cartwright and Rayner at a bar in Stoke Newington almost 10 years ago and she's never disappointed since.

I didn't take notes - an impossibility in the Stygian gloom of the hall - so the set list is taken from memories past and present and is probably incomplete and maybe even incorrect (what's new?) Lance

Musicophilia; There is a Crack in Everything; Buster Breaks a Beat; A Braw Boy; Mayday; Seeing Around Corners; Queer Bird.

1 comment :

Alison Rayner said...

Thank you so much for this, Lance. We loved playing at the Sage – what a great venue – and I really appreciate your revue here. Glad you enjoyed it – we had a great time!

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