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16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Cobalt, Newcastle - June 18

A new venue for the SSBB in this, the band's twentieth anniversary year.* The word 'industrial' springs to mind when describing Cobalt. Tucked away behind the Biscuit Factory in the upper reaches of the Ouseburn Valley, Cobalt Studios is a rabbit warren of performance space, artist studios, a corridor art gallery,
bar and more. Rows of sturdy plastic chairs set out on a concrete floor, all seats were sold out in advance, similarly standing room was at a premium. 

Befitting of the industrial setting, bandleader Michael Lamb's troops were in civvies (jeans, trainers), making for a relaxed performance. A confined space hasn't previously deterred the SSBB and somehow three sections (trumpets, 'bones and rhythm) managed to squeeze onto a raised stage, the reeds (standing all night long) and vocalist Alice Grace occupying the concrete flooring. The advertised two sets turned into three, each one of half hour duration.

From Old Stuff through to St Louis Blues, the Strictly Smokin' played a blinder. In the reeds, Messrs Robinson and Summers produced a couple of smokin' solos (Summers wielding his curved soprano), likewise Teessider Dave Kerridge, but it was tenor saxophonist Jamie Toms who took the honours with a series of outstanding, fully-formed solos.** The Main Man, Michael Lamb, blew some great trumpet (and flugelhorn), backed up by the SSBB's ace trumpet section. All sections (brass and reeds) excelled on Gordon Goodwin's Hunting Wabbits (precision playing, dynamics) and dep pianist James Peacock impressed big time. And then there was Alice. That's Alice Grace, fabulous vocals - Almost Like Being in LoveSomething's Gotta GiveEvenin'Late, Late ShowClap Yo' Hands and Polly Gibbons' Midnight Prayer

Converted industrial warehouse or swanky dinner dance venue, there's only one band, that's the Strictly Smokin' Big Band.                          

To help celebrate the milestone, Dave O'Higgins will be the Strictly Smokin' Big Band's special guest at Hoochie Coochie on Sunday 23 October. BOOK HERE.

** Jamie Toms is the star attraction tomorrow night (Monday) working with the Mick Shoulder Trio on a Blaydon Jazz Club gig at the Black Bull - Russell    
Set list: Old StuffWhisper NotInterloperAlmost Like Being in LoveYou Snooze, You Lose (1st set); Hunting WabbitsSomething's Gotta GiveSquatty RooRememberingEvenin' (2nd set): Late, Late ShowClap Yo' HandsMr FunkMidnight PrayerSt Louis Blues (3rd set).
Strictly Smokin' Big Band: Michael Lamb (MD), Pete Tanton, Gordon Marshall, Dick Stacey (trumpets); Jamie Toms, Dave Kerridge, Keith Robinson, Steve Summers, Sue Ferris (reeds); Mark Ferris, Keiran Parnaby, Chris Gray, John Flood (trombones); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); James Peacock (piano, keyboards); Michael Whent (bass guitar); Guy Swinton (drums); Alice Grace (vocals)

1 comment :

Dave Kerridge said...

Thanks for the review . It was a pleasure to play in a great new venue. BTW I live in Durham not Teeside .

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