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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
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.

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Sheffield United v Middlesbrough

Sorry to bring football on to the blog again as I know some of our readers would sooner read about the world tiddly-winks championship rather than tonight's Championship game between Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.

However, both towns/cities do have impeccable jazz credentials. Sheffield's Jazz at the Lescar is one of the top provincial jazz venues in the UK whilst Middlesbrough, back in 1978, hosted the greatest ever jazz festival outside of London.

My interest goes further back. During WWII my dad was stationed at a POW camp at Lodge Moor just on the outskirts of Sheffield where his contribution to the war effort consisted of playing piano in the NAAFI accompanying the Italian tenors and baritones who were interned there. 

He also made friends with the locals and, after the war was over, my ma, pa and tiny me, would for several years return for holidays.

As I grew my dad would take me to matches at Bramall Lane and Hillsborough, the home of Sheffield Wednesday although their games weren't usually played on that day of the week. Back then there weren't floodlights and afternoon games were out as everyone was at work making knives.

My memory may be playing tricks here but I seem to remember that, in those days, because Hillsborough also hosted games by Yorkshire Cricket Club you could only watch soccer from three of the four sides. Correct me if I'm wrong.

My love affair with 'Boro began when, at school, I opted out of the Sunderland/Newcastle scenario by adopting Middlesbrough as 'my team'.

The higher profile clubs such as Newcastle and Sunderland tend to look down their nose at their Teesside neighbours conveniently ignoring the fact that the 'Boro are the only north east team to have reached a EUFA cup final and the last one to bring home any silverware when they won the League Cup in 2004. At the time fans of NUFC and SAFC sneered that it was a tinpot trophy but now that the former club are in the renamed Carabao Cup final the 'tinpot trophy' has suddenly become the football equivalent of the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes combined!

So who will I be shouting for? I think I'll be happy with a draw although, as Sheffield are more or less home and dried in the Championship, I'll not be too hurt if  'Boro edge it! Lance


Russell said...

I think a three-sided cricket pitch adjoined Bramall Lane, not Hillsborough. As for EUFA silverware, in 1969 the Magpies won the Inter Cities Fairs Cup (the forerunner to the present day Europa League) beating Újpesti Dóza 6-2 in a two-legged final. Next time you're in town/toon, better watch yer back!

Chris Kilsby said...

Let's hear it for the Boro! Never had you down as a fan Lance, great to hear about it, and don't worry, PG and I will look after you!

And a great result last night - Sheffield Utd 1 Boro 3 - UTB !!


Patti said...

And let's not forget that Sunderland beat QPR 3 nil the other night at Loftus Road!

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