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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.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Vasilis Xenopoulos-Paul Edis Quartet @ the Globe, Newcastle - Oct. 16

(© Ken Drew)

Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor sax, soprano sax, flute); Paul Edis (piano); Andy Champion (double bass); Steve Hanley (drums) + Ferg Kilsby (trumpet, flugel).

The fourth and final chapter of this ongoing north east saga drew to a close at the Globe where a goodly throng were witness to what most, indeed probably all, rated as the gig of the year so far.

Having read my worthy constituent's glowing reviews of the previous three gigs I felt complacent. This will be easy. I'll just steal a sentence or two here and there, shuffle them around a bit then job well done!

However, as in all good stories there's always an unexpected twist in the final chapter. We all know that the boy will get the girl and the killer will be unmasked but which boy and which villain did the dastardly deed? As they say in grand opera, it isn't over until the fat lady sings.

(© Ken Drew)
The fat lady in this case turned out to be neither fat nor a lady but the slim 17-years-old trumpet player from local band Knats - Ferg Kilsby - blowing some of the hottest trumpet on Tyneside since the days of Mike Gilby. More on this young man later.

Most of the first set and some of the second consisted of numbers played on the previous gigs and based, sometimes deviously, around the theme of 'home'.

(© Ken Drew)
Vasi was simply tremendous, as we've come to expect ever since he first showed on Tyneside in 2008. Back then I came up with the heading Be Aware of Greeks Blowing Riffs. I think everybody's aware of this particular Grecian saxophone god by now! The technique and the tone are modern albeit not without some olde school gutsiness when playing a blues. And when it comes to playing a ballad, outside of Peggy Lee's legendary vocal masterpiece, I doubt if you'll ever hear a better version of The Folks Who Live on the Hill.

He went into Coltranic territory when he played curved soprano - an instrument that is always more sympathetic to my ears than the straight version. The flute didn't project quite as well as his other horns but that could have been due to monitoring problems. Still sounded good though.

Paul Edis - what can I say? He never fails to impress either as a player, a composer or as a raconteur. It was in this latter category that, during some waffle about a raffle, he drew attention to the fact that the Globe didn't have a raffle which in many instances is the difference between life and death for a lot of jazz clubs. Given the large attendance last night the coffers could have been swelled handsomely for the small expense (or donation) of a book of verse, a jug of wine and a thou (or maybe a packet of biscuits). 

The bass and drums pairing of Champion and Hanley worked a treat. The former is comparable with any bass player in the UK maybe beyond whilst the latter's amazing brush solo on Edis' Mikey's Samba proved that drummers too have feelings.

(© Ken Drew)
Which brings us to the fat lady singing. As stated earlier Ferg isn't a lady and whilst he may not be fat, fat could be appropriate as on the final Dexterology, Vasi's tribute to Dexter Gordon, Ferg had a tone that brought to mind Fats Navarro (along with Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard). This young man will go far. He confessed earlier to being, shall we say nervous? However, once the chips were down any apprehension vanished and he proved he was Premier League material. 

As Paul Skerritt sang at the Westovian last week this was Such a Night, it really was! Lance

3 comments :

Brian Bennett said...

Excellent review, Lance, underpinned by Ken Drew’s superb pic’s. Tip-top jazz blogging.

Anonymous said...

excellent gig, but it will be the last time I ask a musician what time the gig ends as I intend to book a taxi, he told me 22.30 the latest, so to be on the safe side I booked 22.35, it was about that time when the sax musician announced to my embarrassment that some one asked him what time the gig finishes, well I saw the taxi was outside, so I had no choice but to get up to get my coat on, and off course everyone in the room knew it was me who asked the musician, still missed the end, next time I will consult my crystal ball!

Brian Shine

Hugh said...

Great story...

...is that name at the end a pseudonym in view of the "anonymous" tag at the top? Better get your raincoat, dark glasses and pork pie hat ready for the next gig you attend!

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