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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...


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

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
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: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Shove It – the Xero Slingsby story. Screenings @ Whitley Bay & Newcastle

(Press release) SHOVE IT celebrates the life and work of Matthew Coe aka Xero Slingsby and his band The Works.

With Coe on alto saxophone and ‘additional cacophonies’, Louis Colan on bass and Gene Velocette on drums, Xero Slingsby and The Works were a much-loved fixture of the jazz bars and clubs across the north of England, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the early 1980s, releasing two albums ‘Shove It’ and ‘Up Down’ in 1985 and 1986 respectively.

Next year, 2023, will mark 40 years since Coe formed Xero Slingsby and The Works.

The feature-length documentary directed by Robert Stanley Crampton celebrates Coe’s short but stellar life and career – lovingly chronicled by his bandmates, friends and family. From his start busking on the streets of Leeds and West Yorkshire (for which he was arrested over 40 times) to The Works’ success on the live circuit across Europe, we witness his tirelessly passionate spirit first-hand through high-energy concert footage and interviews.

Coe died aged 30 of cancer following a brain tumour in 1988, yet his music and unique style of playing the sax is still influencing musicians far and wide today.

‘Shove It – the Xero Slingsby story’ is an independent production from The Stanley Studio ( The film was financed through a crowdfunding appeal in March 2022, and was shot in Leeds, Newcastle upon Tyne, Skipton, London, Ghent and Amsterdam in May and June 2022. The film premieres at the Leeds International Film Festival in November and has its North East premiere at the North East International Film Festival later the same month. 

‘Shove It’ features many well-known faces from the music industry who either knew, played with or have been influenced by Matthew, including actor and musician Jimmy Nail, saxophonist Snake Davis, free jazz musician Alan Wilkinson, and Dutch jazz star Benjamin Herman. Friends and family featured in the film include Leeds artist Charlie Burman, jazz musicians Paul Hession, Richard Bostock and Ansell Broderick, Works bandmates Louis Colan and Gene Velocette, Matthew’s mother Sheila Coe, sister Sophie Sinclair, and widow Sally Coe – who co-produced the film.

As part of the crowdfunding appeal Crampton and Sally Coe asked Slingsby fans for any unknown additional material relating to the band, and were happy to receive a number of bootleg recordings from gigs in the Netherlands, as well as numerous never-before-seen photographs of the band– many of which feature in the finished film together with rare archive footage of the band performing live, Matthew busking on the streets of Leeds, and home-movies originally shot on Super8 film.


Says Robert Stanley Crampton:

“Matthew Coe’s genius deserves to be celebrated. The film is the story of his music, his musicianship, his influences and those he has influenced. It’s a story about creativity in the face of adversity, about living to make music, and making music to live. And it’s also a very touching story about love and friendship and memory: one of the most striking things I found when making the film was just how much love for Matthew, for the man not just his music, is still out there – nearly 40 years after his death. It’s testament to him and his energy that here we are all these years later still talking about him, still listening to his music and still finding it fresh and exciting.”

Matthew’s widow, Sally Coe, adds:

“Matthew was an inspiration to many through his music. Still, today, he’s important to musicians in Leeds and in the jazz bars and clubs in Europe, and this film is the perfect way to ensure Matthew can inspire a new generation of Xero Slingsbys – his story is an important part of Leeds music heritage. Next year, 2023, will be 40 years since he formed Xero Slingsby and the Works: the film is a perfect way to mark the anniversary, and will be an important contribution to the ‘LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture’ celebrations.”

Director Robert Stanley Crampton is an award-winning filmmaker and has previously made films for Guinness, South Australia Tourism, Visit Finland, Inntravel, and many TV commercials – ‘Shove It’ is his first feature-length documentary. Crampton studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and had plays performed at the Gulbenkian Studio Theatre. Born in Liverpool, his early years were spent in Chester-le-Street before moving to York. He now lives and works in Oxfordshire.

Shove It – the Xero Slingsby story, UK 2022

Nov. 19: Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay. 7:30pm. 

Nov. 20: Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle. 1:00pm.

English language

Running time approx. 100 minutes, Colour and Black & White

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