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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).

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Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

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.

Thursday, October 06, 2022

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Farida Amadou + Bex Burch & Leafcutter + Shifa @ the Lit & Phil - Oct. 2

(© Ken Drew)
Shifa - Pat Thomas (piano); Rachel Musson (tenor sax); Mark Sanders (drums)

What a magnificent way to end a magnificent festival. The final set of the final session was an absolute barnstormer. Shifa completed the festival in some style producing a joyous set of improvised jazz . The trio employed no electronics which after a week of multiple technological odysseys was a somewhat welcome relief (I’m  hoping the cost of electricity will have risen so far by next year's festival that we will be able to enjoy more gigs where the soldering iron is not king). 

This was the  third performance for Pat Thomas of the festival (the others being Black Top and Anthropology) and I really thought that in this setting he was really able to shine. Mark Sanders is a frequent visitor to Tyneside and as ever was tremendous. I am not that familiar with Rachel Musson so Sunday night proved to be a revelation - her playing was quite brilliant. The whole set was exciting , exhilarating and explosive. The only note I made during the final number was ‘Wow’.  As the audience filed out uplifted and fulfilled it was almost possible to forgot for just a few moments the troubled times we find ourselves in – roll on the 2023 festival.

(© Ken Drew)
Bex Burch & Leafcutter John - Bex Burch (gyll, calabash, percussion, voice); Leafcutter John (modular synthesiser & sequencers)

Earlier in the evening there a very ambient set from Bex Burch and Leafcutter John. Bex Burch uses a range of African percussive instruments whilst Leafcutter uses the most modern of electronics. Somehow this juxtaposition of the ancient and space merge to create some amazing effects. In one section I was able to conjure up the image of ships passing each other in a sea surrounded by fog.


(© Ken Drew)
Farida Amadou a virtuoso Belgian based electric bass player got things underway.  Amadou has played with many of Europe’s top improvisors including  Jasper Stadhouders, Julien Desprez , Mette Rasmussen and Newcastle favourite Steve Noble.  Sunday’s solo set conjured up a wall of sound with a hint of techno thrown in.  It  was captivating stuff and got an incredible level of appreciation from the audience which Amdaou acknowledged with a wave before gliding out of the auditorium.  Steve H

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