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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.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

The Black Swan jam session - May 31

Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums) + (more or less in order of appearance) Haaruun Miller (alto sax, tenor sax); Felix Parkin-Christie (drums); Jan Spencelayh (vocals); Magda Ruta (vocals); Giles Strong (guitar); Chris Finney (drums); Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Niffi Osiyemi (vocals); Kit Giroux (vocals); Murray Wankling (double bass, piano); Ray Smith (drums); Ian Dreever (vocals); Susan ? (vocals); Will Reece (vocals); Edgar Bell (cornet); Michael Mather (drums) + 'Busking Elvis' (vocals)

The Black Swan jam session is nothing if not varied. The fortnightly session's recent trend of welcoming ever more newcomers - both performers and audience -  continued this evening with one sitter-in arriving from London by way of Bamburgh! In the temporary absence of drummer Rob Walker the house trio began as a duo, that's the redoubtable Messrs Collingwood and Grainger. 

MC Paul Grainger called Haaruun Miller to the stand. Miller, an Early Bird alumnus, opened on alto sax playing On Green Dolphin Street going into Scrapple from the Apple, later in the evening returning to blow some tenor. Meanwhile...Felix Parkin-Christie (name check required!) threw his metaphorical hat into the ring. Making his jam session debut at the age of fifteen, Felix held his own in some pretty fast company. He'll be back, that's for sure.

Time for Jan, that's Jan Spencelayh. Always a welcome visitor from the Tees Delta, our Musicians Unlimited's big band singer surprised us with a refreshing take on Every Breath You Take. Excellent, and Jan couldn't have wished for a better accompanist in pianist Stu Collingwood. Two top notch guitarists were in the house - Giles Strong and Jacob Egglestone. Strong, the established 'pro', Egglestone, the Newcastle University 'apprentice', both in great form. One gets the impression Egglestone has found his feet at the Black Swan. His first few jam session appearances were that of a shy, hesitant performer. Not any more, Egglestone is now playing some killer stuff, not least on Pat Metheny's Bright Size Life.

The arrival of Niffi Osiyemi invariably results in the decibel count rising at an alarming rate. Not so this evening and all the better for it. Similarly, Ian Dreever, his take on Lush Life one of the highlights of the evening. The singers were out in force, cue Kit Giroux. Yesterday, another unlikely choice, but a winning one. 

At a Black Swan jam session there invariably comes a point in the evening when events become a little hazy. Your Rivet Catcher-imbibing correspondent is yet to understand why this should be the case. To compound matters, your scribe was without notepad and pen. Thanks to bar manager KT, a length of till roll became a makeshift pad. 

The morning-after-the-night-before, said notes appear as indecipherable scrawl. However, further noteworthy comment must include mention of a memorable masterclass in the use of brushes by Ray Smith. Arriving 'up north', earlier in the day our Londoner took in the delights of Bamburgh before finding his way to the Black Swan. A class act is Ray Smith, let's hope he drops by again. Russell

1 comment :

Haaruun Miller said...

Thank you for the mention Russel!

Busking Elvis's real name is Phil Corrigan; although your appointed nickname is very appropiate. I might tease him about it!

Haaruun Miller

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