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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Wind Ensemble + Big Band + Jazz Combo + R&B Band @ Boiler House, Newcastle University. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 01: Joseph Carville Trio @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01-Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. From 8:00pm Friday. Weekend ticket: £20.00.
Fri 01: King Bees @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blind Pig Blues Club.
Fri 01: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. £10.00. Day 1/3. Musicians Unlimited + Festival Band.

Sat 02: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £15.00.. Day 2/3. Senior bands in competition.
Sat 02: Frog & Henry @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm.£10.00. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club. Superb Anglo-American band!
Sat 02: The Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Repas7 by Night, 7 West St, Berwick TD15 1AS, 07900 627562. Tapas Specials from 5.00pm - showtime 8.00pm.
Sat 02: Cuba Libre @ Revolución de Cuba, Cloth Market, Newcastle. 6:00-9:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Jeffrey Hewer Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 02: Durham University Big Band @ Durham Students' Union, New Elvet, Durham. 7:30pm. £8.00.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. £3.00. The band’s 25th anniversary gig!
Sat 02: John Logan @ The Dyvels, Corbridge. 8:00pm. Rat Pack-style swing.

Sun 03: Great North Big Band Jazz Festival @ Park View Community Centre, Chester-le-Street. 11:00am. £10.00.. Day 3/3. School & Youth bands in competition.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ the Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 03: Alan Law Trio plays Ahmad Jamal’s At the Pershing: But Not for Me & more @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The music of Ahmad Jamal.
Sun 03: Alice Grace & Ben Helm @ St Francis’ Church, High Heaton, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. £12.00. (children free admission). A Children’s Society fundraiser. Two x 30 mins sets. Refreshments available, child-friendly event with participation of children encouraged!
Sun 03: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-5:00pm. Free (donations). Monthly workshop, all welcome (participant and/or listener).
Sun 03: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 03: ’58 Jazz Collective @ St George’s Venue, Park Road, Hartlepool. 3:30pm (refreshments from 2:30pm). £6.00.
Sun 03: Down for the Count: A Century of Swing @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: SH#RP Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Remy CB @ Blues & Bourbon, Nelson St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Free. Newcastle University music student Remy Coulthard Boardman.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm.

Friday, November 11, 2022

Adrian Cox Quintet with Dan Higham @ The 100 Club, London - Nov. 9

Adrian Cox (clarinet, vocals); Joe Webb (piano); Denny Ilett (guitar, vocals); Will Sach (double bass); Shaney Forbes (drums) with Dan Higham (trombone) + TJ Johnson (vocals)

Remembering the great sidemen of Louis Armstrong - Edmond Hall & Trummy Young. So said the publicity blurb. The iconic 100 Club on Oxford Street has played host to many a famous name. Its doors opened as the Feldman Swing Club, later Humph would front the venue and down the years Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and many other household names have graced its stage. This evening, the indefatigable Adrian Cox presented his quintet playing music associated with Armstrong's sidemen Edmond Hall (Cox's favourite clarinetist) and Trummy Young.

Charismatic frontman Adrian Cox returned to London after several weeks abroad (working for a spell in South America then Scandinavia). Our man has social networking down to a fine art. Wherever he is in the world, his 'presence' on various platforms is 24/7. And it paid off big time with a huge turn out, the joint was jumpin'! There's nowt wrong with mouldy old figs but here on Oxford Street they were in danger of being outnumbered by a much younger generation.
From the down beat Cox whipped 'em up into a frenzy. Breakneck takes on Muskrat Ramble and Indiana had 'em cheering to the echo. Breakneck and breathless! Two numbers in, it was worth the price of admission. Imagine the countless juke joints, honkytonks and dives Louis Armstrong played in with their two-bit hustlers, mobsters and moonshine for company, this 100 Club gig surely captured something of the atmosphere from way back when.**

Cox's A-list quintet couldn't be bettered: in-demand pianist Joe Webb, guitarist Denny Ilett, New Yorker Will Sach playing double bass, and the ever-smiling Shane (Shaney to his friends) Forbes, drums. As this was an Edmond Hall-Trummy Young session, bandleader Cox drafted in Dan Higham. Trombonist Higham, not long out of music school, is picking up more and more of the top jobs, and this was one of them. Of quiet demeanour, as and when required Higham pulled out into the fast lane, not least on a hotter-than-hot Undecided. Phew! Note the name, Dan Higham, a star in the making. 

Denny Ilett is an accomplished guitarist, a great player. Add vocals, what a talent! If Ilett has yet to take a gig solely as a singer, there's little doubt he would convince the sharpest of ears. Here at the 100 Club Ilett sang a couple of numbers including a marvellous take on You Can Depend on Me. Joe Webb is no mere sideman. A friend of Adrian Cox, pianist Webb is Tatum, Peterson and more rolled up into one. And as for the rhythm boys - Sach and Forbes - there's none finer. Main Man Cox had an adoring crowd in the palm of his hand. Red hot clarinet, vocals - Try, Try Again, Fruitie Cutie (Higham scoring again), a show-stopping Four or Five Times (Cox leading the hand-clapping), yes, the joint was jumpin' alright! 

From the crowded room, up stepped TJ Johnson to sing but one number. Fresh from his afternoon Jamboree residency, TJ, no stranger to the 100 Club, sang Basin Street. What a night it had been! More! More! Cox asked the crowd: Should we do another one next year? The reply: Yeah! The applause deafening, the Adrian Cox Quintet went out on When the Saints go Marching in.      

Is a younger audience the preserve of the capital's jazz venues or do some regional venues (north, south, east and west) attract a younger crowd? 

** There is no suggestion that anyone in attendance at the 100 Club remotely resembled two-bit bums, gangsters or such like, nor was the place dealing in illicit booze.  Russell            

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