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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 ...

July

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.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Nomade Swing Trio @ Café Needles Eye, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. 6:00pm. Reservations: 01670 641224.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Bailiwick + Sleep Suppressor + Christie/Chan @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm). ‘Experimental evening of jazz, punk and jazz-punk’.
Fri 26: Nomade Swing Trio @ Repas7 by Night, Berwick. 7:30pm. Free.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Sat 27: BBC Proms: BBC Introducing stage @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 12 noon. Free. Line-up inc. Nu Groove (2:00pm); Abbie Finn Trio (2:50pm); Dilutey Juice (3:50pm); SwanNek (5:00pm); Rivkala (6:00pm).
Sat 27: Nomade Swing Trio @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 27: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sat 27: Theon Cross + Knats @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 10:00pm. £22.00. BBC Proms: BBC Introducing Stage (Sage Two). A late night gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 28: Miss Jean & the Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Fonteyn Ballroom, Dunelm House (Durham Students’ Union), Durham. 2:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Nomade Swing Trio @ Red Lion, Alnmouth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Jazz Jam Sandwich! @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 28: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 28: Milne Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 30: ???

Wed 31: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 31: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 31: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

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
Russell

2 comments :

Lance said...

Perhaps the sitters-in should sign in.
Name
Instrument
D.O.B.
Next of kin...

Russell said...

Good idea!

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