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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 17: John Pope & John Garner + Nisha Ramayya @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £15.00. (£12.00. adv.). A Gem Arts Masala Festival event.

Thu 18 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle NE1 7BJ. 2:30pm. £4.00.
Thu 18: Theo Croker @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Brad Linde’s Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 18: Eva Fox & the Jazz Guys @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 18: Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars @ The Mill Tavern, Hebburn. 8:00pm. Rhythm & blues.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band: Darlington Big Band.

Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Album review: Christopher McBride - Ramon

Christopher McBride (alto sax); J.S. Williams (trumpet);  Jonathan Edward Thomas (piano); Noah Jackson (bass); Cedric Easton (drums); +  Morgan Burrs, Bobby Broom (guitar); J. Hoard (vocal); Kenny Bentley (tuba); Luke Carlos O'Reiley (keys, organ); Corey A. Wallace (trombone).

Another gem from NYC! A core quintet with guests on individual tracks that really sizzle. McBride and Williams blow like as if there's no tomorrow. This is Jazz Messengers for today and more - much more. Bebop, hard bop, post hard bop, timeless bop.

Lady D: Written for McBride's mother. This is no maudlin piece of sentimentality but a swinging uptempo blast. "She's a very hip lady" explains McBride.

Welcome: Basically introducing the band to a 'live' audience. Strange.

You Put a Smile on my Face: A feature for guitarist Broom.

Bronx Unchained: Written after spending some unexpected time in the Bronx, referencing to it as the birthplace of hip-hop.

Your Eyes Can't Lie: A vocal by J. Hoard. The lyrics capture the shift in a relationship that becomes more than platonic.

Intimacy: Burrs steps up to the plate on a composition inspired by some special relationships McBride's had in his life.

Postlude: "Sometimes you just gotta rock out with your band" says McBride.

Stand Your Ground Pt 1, 2, 3: The sombre bass solo sets the mood for this mini-suite based around the killing of Trayvon Martin. There's an almost Mingus feel in this portrait of yet another case of almost certain injustice by courts in America when their are racial issues involved. This was pre-George Floyd yet equally as controversial and equally damning. Will they ever learn?

Dope (For the steppers); A piece to shake it about.

Girl Get 'Em: A New Orleansy kind of feel with Bentley pumping away on tuba and some blasts all round. B3 sounds and rhythm to rock to - my kind of party music.

Your Eyes Can't Lie: An instrumental version of the earlier track brings an excellent album to a close.

The title Ramon refers to McBride's grandfather. Lance

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