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Postage

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 ...

June

Thu 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 13: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00. Upstairs.
Thu 13: Musicians Unlimited @ Dorman’s, Middlesbrough. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Jazz Guys @ Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival, Corbridge. 8:00pm.
Thu 13: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 13: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Musicians Unlimited

Fri 14: Mark Williams Trio @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 14: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 14: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 14: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. ‘Ella & Ellington’. 7:30pm. £18.00.
Fri 14: Customs House Big Band @ Customs House, South Shields. 7:30pm. Donations (online, min. £3.00.).

Sat 15: Keith Barrett & Andrew Porritt @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 12 noon. Free. A Cullercoats Festival event.
Sat 15: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 15: James Birkett & Emma Fisk @ Sunderland Minster. 7:30pm. £15.00., £8.00. (u16s free). ‘The Great American Songbook’. A Bishopwearmouth Choral Society event, conductor David Murray.
Sat 15: Jude Murphy & Dan Stanley @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 16: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 1:00-2:45pm. Free.
Sun 16: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 16: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 16: Gaz Hughes Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 16: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

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.

Tuesday, November 08, 2022

Mike Durham's International Classic Jazz Party: Tribute to Mike and Awards Ceremony + The Professor + Teddy Wilson Small Groups + Friday Night Pub Jam. Nov.4

The first of three non-stop days of jazz began with the now traditional Tribute to Mike and Awards Ceremony. Trumpeter Enrico Tomasso led the session paying tribute to Classic Jazz Party (formerly Whitley Bay Jazz Festival) founder, the late Mike Durham. An all-British outfit, augmented by the brilliant American drummer Josh Duffee, played a half hour set prior to the Village Hotel audience being introduced to the recipient of the 2022 Young Talent Award winner, Curtis Volp (see photo). The sellout crowd looked forward to hearing Curtis (guitar, banjo) at various junctures over the long weekend. 
Making his CJP debut, Colin Good was accorded the honour of being Friday evening's piano 'professor'. The first of three CJP pianists awarded professorial status, Mr Good made a big impression. 

Later in the evening another fine pianist, Martin Litton, presented a wonderful tribute to Teddy Wilson - Teddy Wilson Small Groups - focussing upon Wilson's small group sessions from 1935 - 1944. Don't Be That Way (comp. Benny Goodman & Edgar Sampson) introduced another CJP debutant, string bassist ('string bass', this is the Classic Jazz Party, you know!), Harry Evans. Take it as read, the man was a revelation. Hopefully he'll be invited to participate in future editions of the CJP. Flying Home had to be in Litton's set and it was. A cracking set, Litton's sidemen, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso (another debutant, most impressive), trombonist Christoph Hermann (yet another first timer, coming from Germany's classical music world), Jean François Bonnel, Lars Frank (a CJP favourite, a multi-talented, multi-reedsman), French rhythm king Félix Hunot (banjo, guitar) and Richard Pite (à la batterie, as our French friends might say) more than played their part.               
The day's final concert in the main hall finished at 11:00pm but that didn't mean it was time for bed, far from it. A rip-roaring jam session was about to begin in the bar. A pint of Guinness, please! All seats taken, standing room at the bar, trumpet ace Malo Mazurié was to lead the session. And what a session it would be! 

N'Awlins-based pianist David Boeddinghaus guaranteed a rollicking, paddle steamer, stride masterclass as one soloist after another stepped up to blow the roof off the place. The cast list would take an age to list, suffice to say, as the Guinness went down, pint after pint, the ever-changing rhythm section built up a head of steam and kept going into the night. Mazurié's fellow trumpeter,
 Torstein Kubban is just the sort to have on a jam session, his blistering attack had the crowded bar whooping 'n' a hollerin'. It was silly o'clock in the early hours of Saturday morning when it all came to an end. It would soon be time for an early breakfast. Russell       

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