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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Thu 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 01: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Donations.
Thu 01: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Thu 01: Jake Leg Jug Band @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 01: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 02: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 02: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 02: Claire Martin & Her Trio @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. £25.00., £20.00. Feat. Jim Mullen, Alex Garnett & Jeremy Brown.
Fri 02: Guy Davis + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. Doors 7:30pm. Blues double bill.
Fri 02: Anders Ingram @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club. Country blues. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sat 03: Newcastle Record Fair @ Northumbria University, Newcastle NE8 8SB. 10:00am-3:00pm. Admission: £2.00.
Sat 03: Pedigree Jazz Band @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.
Sat 03: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Sue Ferris. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 03: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00.
Sat 03: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 04: Smokin' Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 04: Central Bar Quintet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. £5.00. The Central Bar Quintet plays Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus. Featuring Lewis Watson.
Sun 04: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 04: Struggle Buggy + Michael Littlefield @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Acoustic blues.
Sun 04: Swinging at the Cotton Club: Harry Strutters' Hot Rhythm Orchestra @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Sun 04: Richard Jones Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 04: Jam No. 18 @ Fabio's Bar, Saddler Street, Durham. 8:00pm. Free. All welcome. A Durham University Jazz Society event.

Mon 05: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 06: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

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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