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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
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: 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.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

WYJO, DUBB & the RAO @ Wigan Jazz Festival - July 9

Wigan's own took centre stage on the Saturday afternoon session at this year's Wigan Jazz Festival. A sweltering summer's day didn't deter the crowds as the Village on the Green welcomed another full house. Doors open, house lights dimmed, things were set fair for a big band triple bill.

Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) took to the stage suited and booted, and, true to form, hit the ground running. The winning band at this year's Great North Big Band Jazz Festival, coached by MD David Little, knows its onions and, in a set list comprising charts by Gordon Goodwin (no surprise there), Herbie Hancock (Cantaloupe Island) and Pat Metheny, soloists and sections showed how a young (predominately teenage) orchestra can achieve and sustain a remarkably high level of performance.

On home turf WYJO was afforded the luxury of playing two sets in front of family, friends and supporters. And in the second set the town's young musicians had the amazing privilege of sharing the stage with ex-Stan Kenton man Mike Vax! Flying in from Phoenix, Arizona, trumpeter Vax was in great form. Beaming a ready smile, Vax blew some scintillating trumpet, sustaining screaming Kenton-esque passages, seemingly with ease. Scatting on a blues with Emily Masser won huge applause and WYJO and Mr Mike Vax went out on Chick Corea's Spain.

Earlier, Durham University Big Band arrived in the heat of the midday sun. Pianist Ben Lawrence occupied the piano stool to play the festival's no-expense-spared Steinway and from the off it was clear DUBB had a play some fiendishly difficult charts! Tom Kubis' On Purple Porpoise Parkway to old school When You're Smiling (Ben Lawrence impressing) to the Buddy Rich Love for Sale chart, DUBB made a more than favourable impression with Wigan's diehard big band fans. Highlights...Ellen Clarke singing Don't Go to Her, and the rhythm section - Ben Lawrence, bassist Ewan Thomas and drummer Archie Kneeshaw.

RAO - that's the Really Awful Orchestra - hails from West Yorkshire. Under the directorship of Chris Perry, the community big band (this afternoon a mere thirty or so strong!) takes pride in welcoming lapsed musicians, the sort of people who, for the most part, life got in the way of music making. A string section (!) and umpteen brass and reeds supported by an enthusiastic rhythm section, enjoyed themselves and the Village on the Green audience certainly enjoyed the band's performance. Russell

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