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15103 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 122 of them this year alone and, so far, 20 this month (Feb. 6).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 09: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 4:00pm (this week only). Free.
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. £5.00.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guest band: Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Richie Emmerson (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Alan Barnes w Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00.

Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets:
First gig of four (1/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA.
Sat 11: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 7:00pm. £15.00. on the door.
Sat 11: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: Second gig of four (2/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: Vermont Big Band & the Coast Connection @ The Seahorse, Whitley Bay FC. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet), raffle. SOLD OUT!
Sat 11: The Rebelators @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 12: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. LAST SESSION!
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 2:30pm. Tickets: Third gig of four (3/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA.
Sun 12: Am Jam @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free. Jam session, all welcome.
Sun 12: Jive Aces @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm.
Sun 12: Slowlight Quartet @ The Rooms @ Immediate Audio, Unit 24, Morley's Yard South, Albion Row, Byker, Newcastle NE6 1PQ. 7:30pm. Tickets: Fourth gig of four (4/4). The Slowlights feat. YVA. SOLD OUT!
Sun 12: Sylvain Darrifourcq-Manuel Hermia-Valentin Ceccaldi @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion (upstairs).

Mon 13: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 13: Central Bar Quintet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00. First set: The Central Bar Quintet plays Horace Silver's The Tokyo Blues (featuring Pete Tanton). Second set: standards & more (no jam session).

Tue 14: ???

Wed 15: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 15: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 15: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 15: Durham Univesity Jazz Orchestra w. Tiny Fred's Collective @ Mark Hillary Arts Centre, South Road, Collingwood College, Durham. 7:00pm. 'Jazz Night 1'. The evening begins with a jam session followed by a concert performance.
Wed 15: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 15: Syd Lawrence Orchestra: Big Band Brass @ Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The jam packed Black Swan jam session - Nov. 29

On A Foggy Day/Night (in Newcastle Town), it was odds on the Black Swan would be all but deserted. It's Coming Home England on the telly, why bother to venture out? Game over. Not quite! As the house trio - Alan Law, Paul Grainger and Rob Walker - got things under way, the best jam session in town attracted a near capacity audience. One of the musicians intent on sitting-in commented on the age profile of the audience, in essence, a remarkably young crowd. 

Victor Feldman (Azul Serape), George Gershwin (The Man I Love) and Cole Porter (You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To) opened the show, on this evidence, what a show it promised to be. Pianist Alan Law in sensational form, Messrs P. Grainger and R. Walker right there with him, smiles exchanged, tremendous, all before the first of the massing sitters-in joined the party. And the first of them, Steve Summers blowing tenor (later curved soprano), hit the ground running with a knockout blues. Follow that! MC PG invited alto saxophonist Cormac Loane, on a visit to the region from his Midlands base, to do just that. And, what do you know, he did just that on an excellent take on On Green Dolphin Street. Summers and Loane go way back and it was great to see/hear them having fun blowing chorus upon chorus. MC PG knows how to keep things moving and in no time Tom Baxter (trombone) was on board, likewise guitarist Adam Sams. 

Mollie Birmingham sang Nature Boy. Presence, poise, voice, note the name, we have yet another talent in our midst. If Andrea Harris is in the house, accompanied by Lisa Delarny (guitar), you're guaranteed some top class singing. What a Difference a Day Made with a bossa feel left the packed out room in no doubt, Ms Harris is, quite simply, top class. Haaruun Miller, in Coltrane Impressions mode, led a large ensemble, prompting PG to dub it the Haaruun Miller Nonet. A nine piece had nothing on the finale. At least fourteen were up blowing, all excellent. The Black Swan jam session is the one you cannot afford to miss!  Russell                   

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Rob Walker (drums) + in some semblance of order of appearance: Steve Summers (tenor sax, soprano sax); Cormac Loane (alto sax); Tom Baxter (trombone); Mollie Birmingham (vocals); James Watkins (bass); Adam Sams (guitar); Kris Finney (drums); Michael Mather (drums); Murray Wankling (piano); Haaruun Miller (soprano sax); Katrina (vocals); Ian Drever (vocals); Andrea Harris (vocals); Lisa Delarny (guitar); Ray Burns (harmonica); Martha (vocals); John Pope (double bass); Edgar Bell (trumpet); David Gray (trombone); Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Josh (drums); Martin (vocals)

1 comment :

Kath G said...

An outstanding evening! High energy, exceptional performances and what an ambience. Can't wait for the next one! Thanks to all for a fabulous evening of live music.

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