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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Fri 28: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 28: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 28: Pete Tanton’s Chet Set @ Warkworth War Memorial Hall. 7:30pm. £10.00.
Fri 28: Paul Edis @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 28: Ant Law, Alex Hitchcock, Jasper Høiby & Sun-Mi Hong @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm. £15.40., £13.20.

Sat 29: Spat’s Langham’s Hot Fingers @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 29: Vermont Big Band @ Seahorse Pub, Whitley Bay Football Club. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet).
Sat 29: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sunday, February 12, 2023

New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Kings Hall, Newcastle - Feb. 11

(© Russell)
Steve Andrews (MC, alto sax, clarinet, vocal); Jim McBriarty (alto/sop sax, clarinet, vocals); Alan Marshall, Gavin Lee (reeds); Alistair Lord, Dave Hignett (trumpet); Neville Hartley (trombone); Ed Cross (violin); Ian Wynne (piano); Phil Rutherford (tuba); Keith Stephen (guitar, banjo); Abbie Finn (drums);  Caroline (vocals) + Mark Wallace (intermission piano).

King's Hall in the heart of Newcastle University, was a new venue for the NCRO. A quite magnificent setting, the walls bedecked with portraits of key figures from the uni's past and an in tune Steinway grand piano. The portents looked good.

However, there was a downside. Because of the high ceiling which wouldn't have been out of place in the Sistine Chapel, the acoustics left something to be desired which meant the balance wasn't as good as it normally is with this band and, more importantly, the punchlines to Steve Andrews' humourous introductions sometimes disappeared into the ether. Also, with the absence of a concert hall stage, it meant that unless you had a front row seat or were a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, you viewed the band through a forest of heads and shoulders.

(© Russell)
Apart from that, the music was great and the band were on form. A special mention for Abbie Finn who, with only a minimum of rehearsal, read the drum parts to perfection and Ian Wynne excelled on his piano features - A Handful of Keys and  Ragtime Nightingale. That other nightingale, Caroline, captured the feel of 'The Jazz Age' as did 'boy' vocalist McBriarty who wore a straw boater and also blew an assortment of reed instruments. Marshall and Lee swung and front man Andrews, when not giving chapter and verse to each number - all 25 of them! - made occasional contributions on alto and clarinet as well as adding his vocal chords to Because My Baby Don’t Mean Maybe Now. 

(© Russell)
Lord played lead, Hignett took the solos and Hartley had some effective trombone moments. Cross fiddled and Rutherford tamed the tuba as well as dimming the lights and handing out raffle prizes. 

During the interval whilst most were at the bar ordering bathtub booze, Mark Wallace played mighty fine piano. Hope to hear him again sometime.

A most enjoyable evening. Lance 

Zulu Wail; Sunburst Rag: Guilty; Oh Gee Georgie; A Blues Serenade; A Handful of Keys; Sweeping The Clouds Away; The Yale Blues; A Precious Little Thing Called Love;  Just An Hour Of Love; Swamp Fire; Variety Stomp; Palestina; Ain’t That A Grand And Glorious Feeling; Get Out And Get Under The Moon; You’d Be Surprised; Ragtime Nightingale; If Could Be With You One Hour Tonight; J’attendrai; Because My Baby Don’t Mean Maybe Now; Marbles; I’ll See You In My Dreams; Goodbye Blues.

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