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14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Monday, August 01, 2022

The Globe Summer Festival '22 - July 31

(© Debra Milne)
The Jazz Co-op's Globe Summer Festival '22 jazz day in association with Jazz North presented four bands in quick succession. A quick turnaround kept things moving from four o'clock in the afternoon through to sometime after 9:30pm. As the first band - Dean Stockdale's swinging trio - took to the stage the room was pretty much at capacity.    

Dean Stockdale Trio: Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums)

If you like swinging, straight ahead piano trios, look no further than the Dean Stockdale Trio. Opening with I'm Old Fashioned (Stockdale quipping he was...old fashioned, that is), pianist Stockdale, bassist Mick Shoulder (pictured) and Abbie Finn presented a one hour set with each and every number (GASbook and originals) hitting the bullseye. Ellington, Stanley Turrentine, Stockdale's Mia's Lullaby, the trio in fine form, Mick Shoulder's fine bass playing, Abbie Finn's listening ear, class from beginning to end.     

Set list: I'm Old FashionedIn a Sentimental MoodOn the Sunny Side of the StreetPrelude to a KissThe HustlerMia's LullabyOut of Nowhere. 

(© Debra Milne)
Alice Grace Quartet: Alice Grace (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums)

An unfamiliar (to your correspondent) Irving Berlin number - Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me - opened the programme. Vocalist Alice Grace is never less than excellent and this late afternoon set wasn't about to depart from the script. From Berlin to Horace Silver, not such a leap, Ms Grace requested the Railway Street audience to participate in a spot of communal 'singing' on Sister Sadie. Hmm, in retrospect it didn't do too much harm. That said, leaving it to the professionals - Grace, master guitarist Mark Williams, an inspired Paul Grainger and the aforementioned Abbie Finn - must be the preferred option! All round excellence, catch the excellent Alice Grace at this month's Newcastle Jazz Festival - August 18-21 inclusive ( 

Set list: Love, You Didn't Do Right By MeSister SadieYou Don't Know What Love IsLove Me or Leave MeTravelling LightDevil May CareA Weaver of Dreams. 

Julian Costello Quartet: Julian Costello (tenor sax); Patrick Naylor (guitar); Paul Grainger (double bass); Matt Skeaping (drums)

(© Debra Milne)
The day's out-of-towners, the Julian Costello Quartet, offered something a little different. Saxophonist Costello and co presented a set comprising largely of original compositions with a couple of standards thrown in for good measure. Costello arrived on Tyneside with a somewhat different line-up to that of his most recent visit - guitarist Patrick Naylor impressed with his understated, tasteful playing, the ubiquitous Paul Grainger played an absolute blinder sight-reading the charts, and drummer Matt Skeaping had every angle covered. Bandleader Costello had the presence of mind to congratulate the Jazz Co-op (The Globe) for picking up an APPJAG award for Best Venue. A nice touch.   

Set list: SunflowersConnectionsMorseLa RositaTry to Look at Yourself with a SmileThe Globe (provisional title); Caravan

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

Last, but by no means least, Knats set about rocking the joint. The quartet's bass and drums pairing (the band's senior partners at twenteen or thereabouts) put down some killer grooves - Stan Woodward must spend an awful lot of time in the Stanley Clarke-Jaco Pastorius woodshed, as for King David Ike-Elechi, it's quite something hearing and watching the affable young man knock seven shades out of the house kit. 

On keyboards, even younger young gun, Josh Mitchell-Rayner is going places (London, to be exact, soon to commence undergraduate studies), more than a match for his band mates relentless drive. And then there's the younger-than-young young gun, Ferg Kilsby. Fighting fire with fire, trumpeter Kilsby doesn't say much, in fact, he doesn't say anything, letting his horn do the talking. And can he/it talk?! Amplified, supercharged trumpet playing with more than a hint of Roy Hargrove, catch the young man from Tynedale before he too departs to study music. You've got at least another year to hear Kilsby out and about on the local scene, meanwhile Stan, King David and Josh are heading for the Smoke - watch out London! 
Set list: In the Pitt; 500 Fills; ?; Actual Proof; Black Narcissus; ?The Loft; Maiden Voyage; Modus Operandi; Every Sun is a Red Moon; Footprints  

1 comment :

Lance said...

Love, you didn't do right by me! My fave Rosemary Clooney number. Sang it in the movie White Christmas. Much better than the title track...

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