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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Northern Monkey Brass Band @ The Gala, Durham - July 15

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Graham Hardy (trumpet, vocals); Alistair Lord (trumpet); Jamie Toms (tenor sax); David Gray (trombone); Jason Holcomb (trombone); Paul Susans (sousaphone); Adam Sinclair (snare drum); Brendan Murphy (bass drum) + Ferg Kilsby (trumpet)

Graham Hardy has got the band back on the road. Lockdown hit hard and it's only in the last few weeks that the Northern Monkeys have once again been let Loose in the Banana Patch. The Gala's audience didn't bargain for Hardy's troop coming at them from all sides - trumpet through one door, trombone through another, braying sousaphone out in the corridor, snare and bass drums rattling a few cages. 

Five compositions by band leader Hardy (plus two arrangements by the Head Monkey) and two or three timeless numbers, the NMBB's varied set list held broad appeal. The musicianship of the highest order, solos pinged around the frontline horns, buoyed by the pulsating rhythm section. Water of Tyne opened with brass band solemnity, the audience waiting with baited breath for the flick-of-a-switch to take us to the streets of N'Awlins. 

The NMBB invited Ferg Kilsby to join the party. The young Tyne Valley based trumpeter stood toe-to-toe with Head Monkey Hardy on High on Life. Professor Longhair's Goin' to Mardi Gras closed the show and, here's a first, Graham Hardy sang! Think Dr John, that's where GH was coming from. Excellent, more please, Graham! Russell

Set list: Loose in the Banana PatchThe A-TeamNinja PrincessWater of TyneSummertimeHigh on LifeFunky PieGoin' to Mardi Gras.

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