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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 ...

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.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

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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