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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
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: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Friday, July 08, 2022

Pete Gilligan & Friends @ the Prohibition Bar - July 7

(© Russell)
Pete Gilligan (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tom Atkinson (drums) + guests.

It had been a long time since I'd heard Pete and, judging by tonight's performance, too long!

Stopping off at the Prohibition Bar en route to his current base in Laos he played some of the best jazz piano heard at that venue since, well er since he played there when it was the old Jazz Café or 'The Caff' as it was affectionately known. Fans and fellow musicians turned out for what was a truly tremendous evening.

From the opening chorus of I Thought About You we knew we were hearing something special. Peterson, Garner, Bud Powell - particularly Bud Powell - his fingers tripped the light fantastic with a dexterity usually only associated with the above greats. Mesmerised!

Grainger and Atkinson provided support keeping pace even anticipating the convivial pianist's twists and turns.

(© Lance)
The guests added to the atmosphere with Harry Keeble blowing tenor on Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, Impressions and, later, Cheesecake.

David 'Showtime' Gray paid tribute to the warm weather with his fetching attire and acknowledged the political news of the day with Autumn Leaves or should it have been Leaves in Autumn? Abbie Finn was on drums and they had a blast on Anthropology which incurred some agile slide-work.

Paul Gowland took centre stage and blew some wild alto on Take Five followed by that good old jammer How High the Moon.

Interval time, a chance to refuel, then more music.

Alice Grace was joined by Kris Finney on drums and John Rowland on tenor. She chose that silliest of songs Nature Boy and somehow, in the moment, it didn't sound silly. Stronger material in the form of A Weaver of Dreams inspired her to a scat chorus that stood up alongside many of the horn solos.

Minnie Fraser has been off the scene for some time but she returned with Michael Mather on drums for a brilliant Fascinating Rhythm (complete with verse). Less fascinating was Midnight Sun which I don't think quite worked.

Magda Ruta did Lullaby of BirdlandJulija Jacenaite was heard to advantage on There Will Never be Another You and everyone who was still standing took it out on Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.

It had been an evening to remember not least because of the main man - Pete Gilligan. Take a virtual bow - Lance

PS: Not forgetting Paul Grainger who marshalled the troops so efficiently and Tom Atkinson whose drumming was quite revealing to those unfamiliar with his playing.

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