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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 ...


Tue 16: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Terrace, Seaton Delaval NE25 0AT. 12:30pm. £15.00 (tel: 0191 237 3697). Summer BBQ in the Beer Graden.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn.

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.

Monday, January 09, 2023

Ed Kainyek Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - Jan. 8

(© Jeff Pritchard)

Ed Kainyek (tenor sax); George King (keys); Gavin Barras (bass); Miles Pillinger (drums)

Despite the lack of advertising, the word got around that the Railway was featuring a night of modern jazz tonight (Sunday) and information regarding who was in the line-up was limited to the fact that Ed Kainyek was fronting a quartet but, nevertheless, there was a good turnout for what was the first gig of 2023.  At short notice, Ed had assembled a great band and of particular interest to me was the drummer Miles Pillinger who, as far as I know, was making only his second appearance at this venue.

Having survived a rather stressful Xmas travelling by train to Brighton and back I was looking forward to hearing some therapeutic live jazz and I got it. Ed Kainyek was in top form tonight getting a great sound from his sax by using a radio mic attached to the horn.  The selection of tunes was interesting and it was hard to pick out highlights but one number that stood out for me was a tune that not many musicians play - I’ll Close My Eyes, written by English songwriter and bandleader Billy Reid. The tune was sung by Diana Washington with the Quincy Jones Orchestra in the film The Bridges of Madison County with lyrics by American songwriter Buddy Kaye. Another number that I thought worked well was one that Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis used to feature, On a Clear Day.

George King did a fantastic job on keyboards and Gavin Barras produced some wonderful solos especially on the opening number The Way You Look Tonight.  Miles Pillinger is one drummer who is going places and I hope he makes a return to the Railway before too long.

The next jazz night at the Railway is on Tuesday Jan 10 with the Paul Hartley featuring Phil Nicholas. Mike Farmer

The Way You Look Tonight; Fi FI Fo Fum; You Speak My Language; In My Life; Charlie Parker tune based on Honeysuckle Rose; Joanne Jullif; Off The Wagon; I’ll Close My Eyes; Make Me a Memory; El Cajon; On a Clear Day; Like Someone in Love.

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