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Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16061 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1068 of them this year alone and, so far, 22 this month (Dec. 11).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 15: Paul Edis @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 15: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 15: Paul Skerritt @ Black Horse Inn, Crook. From 7:00pm.
Fri 15: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ St Cuhtbert's Centre, Crook. 7:30pm. £15.00. SOLD OUT! Waiting list open.
Fri 15: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £12.00. POSTPONED!
Fri 15: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. First night of two. SOLD OUT!
Fri 15: Darlington Big Band @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £10.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 15: Baghdaddies @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £14.00.; £10.00.

Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 2:00pm. A Jazzy Christmas + Jambone.
Sat 16: Porritt & Barrett & Friends Xmas Special @ Cullercoats Watch House. 7:00pm. £4.00.
Sat 16: Milne-Glendinning Band @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 16: Red Kites Jazz Band @ The Staithes Café, Gateshead. 7:00pm--9:00pm.
Sat 16: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Ellingham Village Hall, Chathill. 7:30pm. £12.00., £8.00.
Sat 16: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 16: Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Second night of two.

Sun 17: Red Kites Jazz Band @ Gibside Chapel, nr. Rowlands Gill. 1:00-2:30pm.
Sun 17: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 17: Revolutionaires @ Tyne Bar, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free. Rock ‘n’ roll excellence!
Sun 17: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Alehouse, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 17: The Globe Xmas Party @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Multi-bill inc. David Gray’s Flextet + jam session.
Sun 17: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £17.00., £15.00.
Sun 17: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Amble Parish Hall. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sun 17: Snake Davis Trio @ St John’s Hall, Snods Edge, Shotley Bridge DH8 9TJ. 7:30pm. £15.00. from 07766 037893.

Mon 18: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 18: Paul Edis: A Jazzy Christmas @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Jam packed @ The Black Swan - Oct. 18

Best intentions...detailed note taking, name that tune, detective work (What's your name?*), a return trip to the bar (supporting the jazz economy). The Black Swan's fortnightly (Tuesdays) jam session in the basement of Newcastle Arts Centre is such that you dare not miss it, you never know who might turn up. As this evening's session got underway the room was rather quiet. The house trio - Messrs Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger and, direct from the Royal Albert Hall and a VIP trip to Ronnie Scott's, Michael Mather - set the standard before the first of what would turn out to be countless sitters-in took to the floor. 

A rarity, not one but several bass players were in the house (Mr PG couldn't believe his luck!). The first of them, a fresh-faced 'fresher', possibly a sixth former, performed with no little confidence - Red ClayLittle Sunflower and more -. Jamie, the name, he'll be back. From here on in it all got a tad dizzying...newbie Martha singing Georgia, seasoned GAYP jam sessioner Ian Drever belting out A Foggy Day as the heavy artillery arrived. The first of them, Lawrence Harrison (brother Charles waiting his turn) scaling How High the Moon? Wow, this guy can play guitar (pictured with John Pope)! Kris Finney depped Michael 'VIP' Mather, working alongside another newbie bassist, Hal Lockwood on Out of Nowhere (out of nowhere Ray Burns joined the party). 

Another of the big guns took aim on an uptempo Autumn Leaves. When Harry Keeble is in the house you're gonna hear some top drawer tenor playing. Bulls eye! The battalions had us surrounded - Stu on piano, JP on bass, the other Harrison, Charles (like Lawrence, a tremendous guitarist), Abbie Finn spelling Finney and VIP Mather, Edgar (that's Mr Edgar Bell) muscling in on trumpet (Walls of Jericho and all that). Not sure who called it, probably Harry, fasten your seat belts, Wayne Shorter's Yes or No. If there's a tree, a pecking order, let's be honest, there is, Harry Keeble is right up there.

Newbie Libby sang It's Almost Like Being in Love, later to be accompanied by Nigel Greenwood (alto sax) on Summertime. Who's the drummer? Can't quite see. It's Mark (a newbie?), then Will Pease, mustn't forget Bailey Rudd. Bassists and drummers galore, what's going on?! And then there was Haaruun Miller and Showtime (how can anyone forget DG?). And then there was Ms Bradbury. Fionnula Bradbury sang Feeling Good. What a star! Look at the time, ten minutes 'til closing. Big Chief PG assembled the troops. A dozen or so fell in, Attention! Take the A Train. Next stop Homesville. Yes, the Black Swan jam session is the one you can't afford to miss. Next one, Tuesday 1st November. 

Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Michael 'VIP' Mather (drums) + in somewhat chaotic order - Jamie (bass guitar); Martha (vocals); Ian Drever (vocals); Lawrence Harrison (guitar); Kris Finney (drums); Abbie Finn (drums); Edgar Bell (trumpet); Charles Harrison (guitar); Libby (vocals); Nigel Greenwood (alto sax); Mark (drums); Will Pease (drums); Bailey Rudd (drums); Haaruun Miller (tenor sax); David Gray (trombone); Fionnula Bradbury (vocals); possibly others...            
A while ago your correspondent button-holed a first time jam session participant: Excuse me, what's your name? A rather startled young man replied: Why, what have I done


Lance said...

Perhaps the sitters-in should sign in.
Next of kin...

Russell said...

Good idea!

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