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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 ...

May

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.

June

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.

Monday, January 09, 2023

Album review: Eric Goletz - Standard-ized!

Eric Goletz (trombone, piano); Henry Heintish (guitar); Jim Ridl (piano); Brian Glassman (electric/acoustic bass/contra bass)); Marco Panascia (elec. bass on 1 tk); Steve Johns (drums); Joe Mowatt (perc.); Robin Zeh, Paul Woodiel (violins); Michael Roth, David Gold (violas); Sarah Hewitt-Roth (cello) + Don Braden (sop sax); LaJuan Carter (vocals).

It's only Jan. 9 and I'm being hit with so many albums that are right up my (52nd) Street. It's unbelievable! Perhaps the suits/skirts in their ivory towers have finally got around to taking in as to where BSH's - well mine actually - heart lies. Lydia, Holly, Ann (get well soon) and Kari are exceptions but often some of the albums received are beyond my ken. Fortunately, we have a team capable of dealing with both extreme of the jazz spectrum.

This one ain't going nowhere!

My kind of music. Great trombone playing by the leader, great arrangements, great tunes. Even that silly Nature Boy song is given a stay of execution by Carter's effective vocal. Such is her voice that the words become irrelevant to her sound. I feared she might push her luck on Summertime but it was left for Goletz to play a virtuoso trombone solo aided and abetted by equally punchy solos from piano and drums. When you hear Gershwin's composition without brother Ira's words it becomes a whole different ballgame. They were fine in the context of Porgy and Bess but, away from  the cotton fields and the jumpin' fish, the imagery is lost in a posh concert hall or a swish niterie like Crombie's old Jazz Café in Newcastle.

Carter does, however, return to do a job on Windmills of Your Mind, this girl has a great range and needs to be heard.

Braden pops up on three tracks - nice sop-saxing - and the string section saw away on a few without doing any harm but, in the main, this is Goletz's day and he seizes the moment. ERIC GOLETZ - remember the name when the next Downbeat Poll comes around. Lance

Release date Feb. 10 on Consolidated Artist Productions.

Now's the Time; Just in Time; Caravan; Nutville; Nature Boy; Train Shuffle; Jungle Juice; Mayreh; The Summer Knows; Summertime; Sugar; Windmills of Your Mind; Overjoyed; Now's the Time (outro).

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