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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 ...


Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: 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: 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: 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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

The Louis Dowdeswell Big Band @ Wigan Jazz Festival - July 10

It was going to take something special to match Friday evening's magnificent performance by the Simon Spillett Big Band. To close this year's Wigan Jazz Festival, event director Ian Darrington brought in the Louis Dowdeswell Big Band. Introducing Dowdeswell, Darrington said the last time trumpet players stood five deep at the bar was for the (now legendary) appearance by Maynard Ferguson. The Village on the Green was at capacity, literally standing room only. The sense of anticipation was palpable...

The band on stage, ready to go, the man-of-the-moment, Louis Dowdeswell, made a rock star entrance. Our man leapt onto the stage, arms aloft, to thunderous applause, all before the man blew a single note! During the course of two sets band leader Dowdeswell would plunder the the world of movie soundtracks, the classical canon and the full-on experience of Stan Kenton meets Maynard Ferguson meets Gordon Goodwin. Zero to Hero from Disney's Hercules opened the show. And what a show it would be! Playing high Cs and beyond is one thing, sustaining them over a long period with absolute precision is another. The sheer power of it all was something to behold. And that was Louis Dowdeswell. And to think Ryan Quigley, himself no shrinking violet, was leading a trumpet section comprising fellow A-listers Tom Walsh, Andy Greenwood and James Copus! Wow! 

Callum Au took the plaudits as arranger-in-chief and, for good measure, the ace 'bone man came down front of stage for a solo feature on Gershwin's How Long Has This Been Going On? Not to be out done, fellow trombonist Andy Wood stepped up to play There is No Greater Love on an unusual-looking instrument. Musicians in the audience couldn't identify it, one suggesting it could have been a bass flugelhorn. A rhythm section can make or break a big band. Dowdeswell's ace rhythm section couldn't be bettered - pianist Chris Eldred, bassist Laurence Ungless, percussionist James Turner and the amazing Joel Barford (drums).   

The reeds took it in turn to blow big time solos, from tenor saxophonist Nadim Teimoori's feature on Bridge Over Troubled Water (arr. Callum Au) to Graeme Blevins (tenor) to Simon Marsh and Howard McGill (Jumpsuit and Shades) on altos. Dowdeswell was keen to promote his new - as yet unrecorded - album which will reinterpret well known pieces of classical music. By way of preview, we were treated to full on Kenton/Ferguson bombast with movements from Carmen and Pictures at an Exhibition. Was it 'OTT'? It sure was! Hearing a big band play this stuff and play it brilliantly was a rare treat. Russell
The Louis Dowdeswell Big Band: Louis Dowdeswell (MD, trumpet), Tom Walsh, Ryan Quigley, Andy Greenwood, James Copus (trumpets); Tom Dunnett, Callum Au, Maddie Dowdeswell, Andy Wood (trombones); Nadim Teimoori, Graeme Blevins, Simon Marsh, Howard McGill, Gemma Moore (reeds); Chris Eldred (piano, keyboards); Laurence Ungless (double bass, bass); Joel Barford (drums); James Turner (percussion)

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