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Greg Osby: “I have my own style, my own attitude, my own opinions about things. I'm not a follower". DownBeat, February, 2024.

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Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Wed 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 21: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 21: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 22: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Remi Coulthard-Boardman (voice).
Thu 22: Crooners @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. £30.00., £27.00., £24.00., £18.00.
Thu 22: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 22: Soznak @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 22: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.).
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Monday, January 16, 2023

Al Wood Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Jan. 15

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Al Wood (alto sax); Martin Longhawn (keys); Grant Russell (bass); Dave Hassell (drums).

This gig was supposed to be a quartet led by bass player Dave Lynane but due to illness Grant Russell stepped in as a last minute replacement.  The room was filling up nicely by 9:00pm and after a brief introduction Al Wood got things off to a great start with an uptempo version of Irving Berlin’s  Cheek to Cheek, a number that always makes me think of Phil Woods and his superb LP Live at the Showcase which I used to have in my record collection.

I liked all the tunes that Al selected and they covered a wide range of composers including Buddy Johnson, Bernie Miller, Lester Young, Benny Carter, Duke Jordan, Sonny Rollins, and Dizzy Gillespie.  If your taste in alto sax players includes Phil Woods, Art Pepper and Cannonball Adderley, you are sure to like Al Wood who I daresay has listened a lot to these legends. I always like to hear tunes that I’ve never heard before and one of these was a blues in F by Gerry Mulligan entitled Blue by BlueSt Thomas is a number more often done by tenor players so I found Al’s version an interesting take on Rollins' classic calypso.

During the second set I was pleased to hear that Martin Longhawn was to be featured on Body and Soul and he really sounded like he knew what he was doing and throughout the evening he was most impressive on what was I think his second appearance at this venue.  Grant Russell received much applause for his basswork and Dave Hassell who is well known throughout the UK for his work in education did some excellent brushwork on one of my favourite ballads Moonlight in Vermont, an early hit for Stan Getz and Johnny Smith many moons ago. The final tune was Gillespie’s Groovin’ High a good number to end a gig with and lets hope they all come back real soon. I usually mention who is playing next at the Railway but at the moment that is listed as TBA but on Sunday Jan 22 they have trumpeter Neil Yates with his Quartet. Mike Farmer


Cheek to Cheek; Save Your Love For Me; Blue by Blue; Moonlight in Vermont; Jordu; Tickletoe; When Lights Are Low; Bernie’s Tune; Body and Soul; St Thomas; Groovin’ High.

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