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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 ...

June

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.

July

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: www.jazz.coop.
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.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Hot Club du Nord @ Sage Gateshead - June 10

Emma Fisk (violin); James Birkett, Dave Harris (guitars); Bruce Rollo (bass).

Meandering (as opposed to staggering) from Sage Gateshead I met up with JNE's Bream the Younger who had also been to the concert. "I'd have thought that you'd have seen Hot Club du Nord at least 500 times" remarked Bill, not unkindly. I admitted that I had seen them more than twice but, if something is that good then each time is like the first time and this applies not only to music. 

And this was that good!

However, because their repertoire is a familiar one I'm not going to tediously rehash chapter and verse but, instead, just offer a few generalisations.

(Emma & Dave © Russell)

Much as I loved the original Hot Club - Stephane and Django were nonpareil - the guitar-heavy, chugging, rhythm did, at times, tend to create the effect of two olympic swimmers competing in a sea of Mars Bars whereas with du Nord the flow is much looser and less rigid.

Fisk is on a par with any of the current Hot Club stylists whilst the two guitarists don't attempt to turn it into a cutting contest but comp and complement each other perfectly. Bruce Rollo proved that you don't have to be in a hillbilly band to play slap bass and he slotted in very effectively.

Charlie Shavers' Undecided is always a crowd pleaser and Emma reminded us that the original Hot Club version had a vocal by Beryl Davis. Beryl, who was the daughter of bass saxophonist and co-leader of the Oscar Rabin Band Harry Davis, went on to have a successful career in America and was, in my opinion, by far the best of the British wartime singers - sorry Vera.

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square featured Emma at her melodic best reminding me of the time I heard Mel Tormé singing it with George Shearing at the RFH back in the 1980s. I also recall a version by NYJO titled A Nightingale Swang in Berkeley Square as well as the American singer Francis Day who's rendition came out as An Englishman Spoke in Grosvenor Square (site of the US Embassy).

I digress! A very enjoyable affair by what one of my fellow scribes described as the Virtuosi 4 - not a bad description at all and one I fully endorse - Lance

This Can't be Love; Body and Soul; Si Tu Savais; Belleville; Blue Drag; Swing 42; Summertime/I Found a New Baby; Nuages; Stomping at Decca; Ultravox; Bésame Mucho; Undecided; Ain't Misbehavin'; Minor Swing; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Sweet Georgia Brown; J'attendrai.

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Agreed as good as ever. Nice to see a few different numbers from the last couple of times we've seen them. Just a minor correction it's Ultrafox, which as Emma told us are a German electropop band according to Google. Keep up the good work Lance

EmmaFiskJazzVio said...

Thanks for the review Lance…I didn’t spot you there last night!
Emma x

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