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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Blaydon Jazz Club - Aug 15

Stu Collingwood (organ, vocals); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Abbie Finn (drums)

The Hammond organ sound is as popular today as it has been for many a long year. 1950s'/60s' recordings featuring Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Richard 'Groove' Holmes and others established the art form, since when it has had many adherents. Tyneside boasts its own practitioners and one of them played a storming gig at this month's Blaydon Jazz Club session. 

Stu Collingwood, a 'been there, done that' old school pro, likes to occasionally crank up the Hammond (actually a portable Nord keyboard) and of late he's been working with two of the coming generation - tenor saxophonist Harry Keeble and drummer Abbie Finn. A set list chock full of recognisable numbers written and/or performed by household names (Ray Charles, Pee Wee Ellis, Billy Taylor, Chick Corea, Georgie Fame, Yellowjackets) ensured the session couldn't be anything other than a winner. 

Outdoor shoe off, sandshoe on, Collingwood hit the pedals. How pianists/organists do it is a mystery to mere mortals: hands and feet working overtime, seemingly taking on disparate tasks, yet somehow it all comes together! Hallelujah I Love Her So heard SC in fine voice, musically and vocally. Across two sets Harry Keeble and Abbie Finn more than played their part. Tenor man Keeble ratcheting up his solos, drummer Finn admirably keeping it firmly in the pocket. 

Yeh Yeh sang Collingwood, a swift Devil May Care, the trio's gigs to date have been few, one thing's for sure, on this evidence Collingwood, Keeble and Finn will, likely as not, pick up any number of jazz club gigs. They went out on The Cat. It had been a canny evening. 

As an aside (a separate post is in preparation), earlier in the evening a modest bronze plaque was fixed to the wall to commemorate the occasion (August 2016) when George Wein, in the company of Andy Hudson, visited the Black Bull as a guest of Blaydon Jazz Club. Yes, the George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, Rhode Island, New York, sat and listened to the Paul Edis Trio. Suffice to say, Mr Wein was impressed. Russell              

Set list: ?; Hallelujah I Love Her So; Cool Blues; Bemsha Swing; The Chicken; I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free; Got a Match?; Revelation; Yeh, Yeh; I Thought About You; Devil May Care; In a Mellotone; The Cat.

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