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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 1:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.


Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Black Swan jam session - Nov.15

Stu Collingwood (piano, vocals); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums, vocals) + in something like order of appearance: Ian Drever (vocals); Thomas ? (trombone); Kris Finney (drums); Edgar Bell (trumpet); Ben Phillips (piano); Michael Mather (drums); Haaruun Miller (alto sax, soprano sax); Niffi Osiyemi (vocals); Ray Burns (harmonica); Tom ? (drums); Alice Grace (vocals); Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Esther Coombes (clarinet); Dan Potter (drums)

No two Black Swan jam sessions are alike. Some weeks there is a surfeit of horns players, some weeks half a dozen guitarists show up, occasionally, familiar faces you assume will sit-in don't turn up and, invariably, the Main Man, Paul Grainger scans all four corners in the vain hope that a bass player will be in the house. This evening the big surprise was the relatively sparse turn out of punters. Whatever the weather - literally and metaphorically - the show must go on, and go on it did.

Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger and southpaw Sid White got things under way with three or four numbers, one of which produced a first. Three numbers in, Stu sang I Thought About You. A vocal before the floor was open to all comers! The first of them, Mr Ian Drever, belted out, as only he can, You Make Me Feel So Young. Follow that! Trombonist Thomas (note to self - next time ask Thomas what his surname is) got up, good on him, to play Misty (guided by maestro Collingwood). Two of the jam session's keenest supporters, invariably they're first through the door, got the nod from the Main Man. As Kris Finney changed round Sid's southpaw set up, Edgar Bell called All of Me. Let's call our trumpeter the 'inimitable' Edgar Bell.

Ah! Ben Phillips was in the house. A friendly 'Hello Ben' from Stu (the piano players' union), as Ben (pictured) played Stella by Starlight in a nice trio with the Main Man and Kris F, Stu went to the bar. Blue Bossa with trombonist Thomas returning, things were hotting up. The absence of a bass player prompted the Main Man to announce a short break. As glasses were being recharged Stu played something for his own enjoyment (some in the audience were listening!). Unobtrusively, Michael Mather made it a piano-drums duo. An impromptu moment, it's what jam sessions are all about. 

Recharged, Haaruun Miller, wielding alto and soprano saxophones, took on Coltrane's take on My Favorite Things. Brave? Foolish? Tick as applicable. Undaunted, Miller ploughed on with Nica's Dream which produced a good solo from a revitalised Mr P Grainger. Niffi Osiyemi joined the party to laugh along with Christopher Columbus (which included a brief chorus from Ray Burns).* Late in the day (evening) the cavalry arrived in the form of ace guitarist Jacob Egglestone and clarinetist Esther Coombes. Our ever-welcome students handed a note to the Main Man - Sorry Paul, we've been to a band practice. As excuses go, it's one of the better ones. 

Did I see Alice Grace? asked Paul. Just when you were thinking it couldn't get any better! Alice (pictured) sang a couple including Bye Bye Blackbird (More! More! hollered the on-side crowd). What's more, a newbie drummer from County Durham sat-in. Dan Potter is the name (see photo), an excellent addition to the Black Swan jam session, be sure to check him out. It was dizzy o'clock as Southpaw White sang Pennies from Heaven, then all and sundry got up, going out out on the usual bop mayhem. A date for the diary - the next jam session will be on Tuesday 29 November (7:30pm, free admission, cheap at half the price!). 

Niffi Osiyemi will be gigging with her trio in Hexham next month (Dec 2) at the Vault on Hallgate, two minutes' walk from Hexham Abbey and little more than five minutes from the railway station. Russell  

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