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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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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15056 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 75 of them this year alone and, so far, 75 this month (Jan. 25).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 28: Tyneside Improvisers Workshop @ Ye Olde Cross, Ryton. 2:00-4:00pm. All welcome.
Sat 28: Secular Sounds in a Sacred Place @ Holy Cross Church, Ryton. 4:30-7:00pm. £10.00. Continuous performance featuring: Christian Alderson, Faye MacCalman, Sally Pilkington, John Pope. Event preceded by a Tyneside Improvisers Workshop (2:00pm, see above).
Sat 28: Entartete Musik @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Brundibár Arts Festival event. SOLD OUT!

Sun 29: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sat 28: Revolutionaires @ Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 9:00pm. Rhythm & blues band.

Sun 29: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 29: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 29: Revolutionaires @ Greens, Low Row, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Rhythm & blues band with a horn section (inc. Pete Tanton).
Sun 29: Hypnotic Brass Band @ Cluny, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). £20.00.
Sun 29: Jam No.12 @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. Durham University Jazz Society jam session. All welcome (students & non-students).
Sun 29: Origin @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 30: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 31: ???


Wed 01: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 01: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 01: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 01: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 01: Moonlight Serenade Orchestra UK: Glenn Miller & Big Band Spectacular @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm.

Thu 02: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 02: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 2:30-4:30pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 02: Paul Skerritt Duo @ Tomahawk Steakhouse, High St., Yarm. 8:00pm.
Thu 02: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

The Black Swan jam session - July 26

Stu Collingwood (piano); John Pope (double bass); Michael Mather (drums) + (in order of appearance) Nigel Greenwood (alto sax); David Gray (trombone); Martin Schultz (piano); Kris Finney (drums); Ben Davies (guitar); Esther Coombes (alto sax, clarinet); Alon Dagan (piano); ? (drums); Paul Gowland (alto sax, vocals); Edgar Bell (cornet); Kit Giroux (vocals); ? (vocals); Ian Dreever (vocals); ? (guitar); ? (vocals)

The Black Swan jam session invariably draws a crowd and a slew of big hitters. This evening the Newcastle city centre Westgate Road basement venue was up against the England versus Sweden football match on BBC TV. The house trio turned up on time (Stu Collingwood, John Pope and Michael Mather), as did the keen as mustard Edgar Bell and Kris Finney. Later in the evening the place would fill up a little and, as ever, one or two surprises made it all worthwhile. 

The usual three or four numbers to get the trio nicely warmed up then onto the first of the sitters-in. Jazz Co-op regular Nigel Greenwood (alto sax) took to the floor, soon to be joined by David Gray singing The Way You Look Tonight. Not quite Fred Astaire from the Swing Time movie, more like 'Showtime'!

Newcastle University faces arrived, including Esther Coombes, (alto sax and clarinet), guitarist Ben Davies and vocalist Kit Giroux. It's good to see them in town at this time of year, no doubt some of their student friends are currently trekking in the Himalayas or some such distant place. Paul Gowland made his usual assured alto sax contribution before surprising everyone by singing My Funny Valentine!

And then there were the pianists...first, from Germany, Martin Schultz (seen here in a blue t-shirt). Initially hesitant, JP, that's John Pope, gave our man the nod to play some more, and play some more he did. Good. And then there was Alon Dagan. Now, this guy can play! Late, very late in the evening, an acoustic guitarist accompanying a singer (the names eluded your correspondent) closed the show with The Girl from Ipanema (see photo). It's a pity there wasn't more time for them to stay on. Maybe next time (Tuesday 9 August, 7:30pm). Russell            

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