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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...

May

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Baghdaddies @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 11:00am. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Pete Sings Chet @ The Central Bar, Gateshead - July 11

The Central Bar Quintet: Pete Tanton (trumpet, vocals); Jamie Toms (tenor sax); Alan Law (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums)

Chet Baker Sings marked the debut vocal album by the iconic American trumpeter. Here at Central Bar on Half Moon Lane, ex-pat American trumpeter and vocalist Pete Tanton set about recreating the 1954 Pacific Jazz Records' recording. Be it 'interpretation', 'recreation', whatever, this concert performance was a joy to listen to from beginning to end. 

Pete Tanton's American accent lends itself to conjuring the whole Chet Baker image: the black and white photographs of the softly spoken, anything-but-unphotographable, West Coast Cool, Hermosa Beach Lighthouse star. Opening with But Not for Me, Tanton was on the money from the off. The Central Bar house band - Jamie Toms, Alan Law, Mick Shoulder and John Bradford - offered sympathetic support throughout. We know all four musicians are more than capable soloists and on a swelteringly hot Monday evening their individual contributions simply enhanced our enjoyment of the performance. 

Tanton sang My Funny Valentine for the first time in public. Bet your bottom US Dollar it won't be the last time! The songs from the album are irrefutably GASbook, hearing the amiable Tanton sing them - and play 'cool school' trumpet - was, quite simply, a joy.      
   
Set list: But Not for Me; Time After Time; My Funny Valentine; I Fall in Love to Easily; There Will Never Be Another You; That Old Feeling; Look for the Silver Lining. 

Jam session: The Central Bar Quintet + Ben Tanton (vocals); Patrick Cromb (drums); Tom Parry-Jones (drums)    

As usual, a jam session followed. Vocalist Patrick Cromb opted to play drums (!) and drummer Tom Parry-Jones opted to play...drums! A highlight came in the form of teenage trumpeter Ben Tanton singing - yes, singing - Minnie the Moocher. Take it as read, Tanton the Younger really can sing!  

Admission to the Central Bar concert performance (second Monday in the month) costs a mere fiver. If you intend sitting-in on the jam session you'll be admitted free of charge - now there's a bargain! August's session is on Monday 8th (starting 7:30pm sharp). Russell

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