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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Newcastle Jazz Festival (day four) - Lindsay Hannon/Knats - August 21

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Lindsay Hannon's Tom Waits for no man

Lindsay Hannon (vocals); Alan Law (keyboards); Paul Grainger (bass guitar, double bass)

The fourth and final day of this year's Newcastle Jazz Festival began with a set devoted to the songs of Tom Waits. Vocalist Lindsay Hannon is an admirer of the veteran American songwriter and in a new collaboration with pianist Alan Law the duo's performance won warm applause. In fact, the duo quickly became a trio as Paul Grainger picked up his bass guitar to join them on Heart Attack and Vine. PG would remain on stage, switching to his more usual instrument, double bass. Hannon's seemingly photographic recall of a lyric is truly impressive, it's as if our vocalist is able to immerse herself in the world-weary world of T. Waits. 

Waits' song titles in themselves paint vivid pictures - Christmas Card from a Hooker in MinneapolisPasties and a G-String - and Hannon's playful yet incisive vocal delivery held the attention of a sizeable early Sunday afternoon audience. Alan Law's bluesy piano playing couldn't have been bettered, just right for the material and as accompanist to Hannon. Bassist Paul Grainger didn't miss a trick, steady as you like. The good news is Lindsay Hannon has more gigs in the diary. Watch this space.          
Set list: Christmas Card from a Hooker in MinneapolisHeart Attack and VineCold, Cold GroundPicture in a FramePasties and a G-StringMarthaRomeo is Bleeding.

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Knats: Ferg Kilsby (trumpet); Josh Mitchell-Rayner (keyboards); Stan Woodward (bass); King David Ike-Elechi (drums)

Knats, the band of the moment. These guys are going places, literally. Josh, Stan and King are heading for the Bright Lights (London's music conservatoires), Ferg will follow in due course upon completion of his final year at school. The quartet's gig diary has seen the band popping up in all manner of places, if you haven't at least heard of them, where have you been?! Knats' Newcastle Jazz Festival appearance was the band's penultimate gig in a whirlwind year during which their feet have hardly touched the ground.

Pedals - trumpet, keys, bass and drums - projected Knats' big sound across the cavernous space here at Tyne Bank Brewery. Gloriously retro sounds (that's seventies' full-on jazz-rock, jazz-funk killer riffs) allied to band compositions, Knats went for the jugular. And it worked. Herbie Hancock's Actual Proof and Joe Henderson's Black Narcissus, Knats' Every Sun is a Red Moon, technique in abundance, from Kilsby's fearless blowing, Mitchell-Rayner's inventive solos to Woodward's in-the-pocket basslines to Ike-Elechi's thunderous work behind the traps, there's little doubt Knats opened a few eyes and ears! There's one more opportunity to catch the band, that's Thursday (August 25) at Hoochie Coochie. Don't miss it!  Russell      

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