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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

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.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Frank Griffith Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Nov. 20

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Frank Griffith (tenor sax/clarinet); Alan Jeffs (guitar); Gavin Barras (bass); Eryl Roberts (drums).

There was a good turnout for this Sunday evening concert and Frank wasted no time in going into Tangerine which was done at a medium tempo and straight away I got the feeling that this would be one of those nights where all four musicians establish a great rapport with one another.


On previous occasions at the Railway he has used a pianist but tonight I was pleased to see Alan Jeffs, an excellent guitarist, who positioned himself to the left and in front of the bandstand close to bass player Gavin Barras.

I first met Alan Jeffs when he ran a jam session at the Brewers Arms, Neston on the Wirral, a place which attracted many fine musicians, some from the Liverpool area and beyond. The drummer was usually Mike Holmes who sometimes used to appear at Wilmslow Con Club which promoter Graham Brook used for weekly jazz sessions. Alan knows most of the popular jazz tunes and standards and has an attractive style reminding me of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery using some nice chords to spice things up. The audience definitely liked his solos.


One number that I particularly enjoyed was You Go To My Head although there were many other moments to satisfy jazz fans of all tastes. Clarinet was featured to good effect on I Remember You but, mainly, it was Frank's tenor work that caught my attention making me think of the late Joe Henderson and also Jimmy Forrest.


The evening finished with all four musicians doing some interesting things on Lester Young’s Lester Leaps In.


Tomorrow at the Railway, Nov. 22, Paul Hartley's Quartet featuring Rod Mason will be appearing. 9 pm start. Mike Farmer

 

Tangerine; I Remember You; Have You Met Miss Jones?; You Go to my Head; I’m in the Mood For Love; Straight no Chaser; Just One of Those Things; In a Mellow Tone; My Little Suede ShoesDo Nothing Till You Hear From Me; Misty; Lester Leaps In.

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