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16527 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 407 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 12).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

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.

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Jam session @ the Black Swan part one - Oct. 4

Dean Stockdale (piano); Paul Grainger (bass); Tim Johnston (drums) + Richard Rutherford (bass guitar); John Pope  (bass); Abbie Finn, Kris Finney, Felix Parkin-Crispin (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Haaruun Miller (alto sax); Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Jan Spencelayh, Ian Drever, Kay De'Ath (vocals); Murray Wankling  (piano); Ray Burns (harmonica).

The lights were low, in fact some were nonexistent, was this the energy crisis kicking in? However, it did add to the jazz club aura - all that was missing was the smoke - and the opening set by the house trio maintained that Oscar Peterson at Birdland feeling by posing questions such as Have You Met Miss Jones? and How Deep is the Ocean? as well as a rather drawn out Body and Soul that seemed to incorporate a lot of the keyboard's black notes.

Paul Grainger, who rarely gets a break at these impromptu occasions got two tonight the first one being when Richard Rutherford took to the stand with a 5 string, long neck, 'lecky' bass.

He got a good groove going on Sissy Strut and Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - impressed!

Impressive too was the heir apparent tenor king Keeble. In a Mellotone was taken faster than Duke's original intent whilst the Autumn Leaves didn't just drift by my window they flew! Mrs Keeble to be also drummed up a storm. Needless to say Stockdale and the refreshed Grainger held their ground.

Time for some singing. Jan did Norah Jones proud with Don't Know Why and Big Mama Thornton's Hound Dog would surely have had that lady's approval as I'm sure that cat Felix also would have - he gets better and better every session.

PG once again vacated the stand entrusting his db to JP, seemingly still in one piece after the weekend's improv festival.

Now many have debated as to whether Sinatra and (Tony) Bennett are or are not jazz singers. Ian Drever's rendering of Come Fly With me and The Good Life made a strong case for the no faction. 

That fine young guitarist Egglestone, Felix and, later, the inscrutable Kris Finney joined Dean and John for a couple of meandering numbers that, despite an excellent bass solo and and an extended drum workout by Kris never quite got off the ground.

The great, the good and their next door neighbours have all, for some unfathomable reason, had a go at Summertime. Equally surprising is how Ella Fitzgerald managed to make a hit out of that most mundane of Cole Porter's many songs Every Time we Say Goodbye

With Murray on piano Kay De'Ath, who, on her previous visit had impressed me with her version of Stormy Weather, elected to sing those two (in my opinion) also rans and, despite the presence of Haaruun on alto and some 'mouthie' from Ray Burns, did nothing to change that opinion.

It was at this point I had to leave - buses to be missed, trains to be caught, domestic issues to be attended to however, the saga will continue via Russell - Lance

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