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15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 30: John Pope Quintet + Late Girl + Shapeshifters @ Bobik's, Jesmond, Newcastle.
Sat 30: Papa G's Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The Central Bar Quintet plays Grant Green - Monday 12

Joe Steels (guitar); Jamie Toms (tenor sax); Alan Law (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Abbie Finn (drums); Pete Tanton (trumpet); Ben Swann-Tanton (vocals)

The Central Bar, second Monday in the month, a classic album - invariably from the Blue Note label - played by the house band plus guest(s) followed by a jam session. A simple format and it works. This evening's offering, Grant Green's 1964 Blue Note recording Solid...

Tyne Valley based guitarist Joe Steels joined the house band and from the off this was a cracker of a gig. Six numbers, beginning with Minor League, it never ceases to amaze how these guys can look at a chart with scarcely a moment's notice and make something of the material. The small group format enables Jamie Toms to stretch out, hearing him play tenor on these sessions has been revelatory and this evening was no exception. 

George Russell's Ezz-thetic from 1961, Grant Green's own composition Grant's Tune, the Central Bar Quintet soon got to grips with the material, then some. Twenty four hours earlier pianist Alan Law was in accompanist mode to Ruth Lambert, here on Half Moon Lane at the Gateshead end of the High Level Bridge, he was playing like a modern jazz demon, albeit with his own signature sound. Bass and drums - Mick Shoulder and John Bradford - came out swinging, as a unit the CBQ is a band you've just got to hear.

Following the album set it was good to see several familiar faces waiting their turn at the advertised jam session (sit in and it's free admission!). Harry Keeble blew his now-to-be-expected assured tenor, drummer Abbie Finn demonstrated yet again that she is on the A-list, and then we heard from Pete Tanton (excellent trumpet playing) and Ben Swann-Tanton singing Moondance. 

It had been another great session. The next opportunity to catch the Central Bar Quintet is Monday 10 October. And don't get caught out, it's a prompt 7:30pm start. Russell

Set list: Minor LeagueEzz-thetic; Grant's Tune; SolidThe KickerWives and Lovers.

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