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15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Thu 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 21: La Malbec Orchestra @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 21: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.
Thu 21: Linsday Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 21: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 21: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 22: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 22: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 22: Brief Encounter @ Bardon Mill Village Hall, Northumberland. 7:00pm. Tickets: £10.00. adv from 07885 303166; £12.00. on the door. Chris & Veronica Perrin improvising to a screening of the 1929 'Jazz Age' silent film Piccadilly (Dir. Ewald André Dupont).
Fri 22: Paul Edis & Graeme Wilson + Three Tsuru Origami @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Fri 22: Crooners @ Tyne Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Fri 22: Abbie Finn's Finntet @ Traveller's Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Monday, March 06, 2023

Gavin Barras Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - March 5

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Gavin Barras (bass); Matt Cliffe  (tenor sax/flute); Tom Harris (piano); Miles Pillinger (drums).

Gavin is frequently seen at the Railway playing in various bands but I can’t recall the last time he was here as a bandleader. He brought along for this Sunday evening gig three excellent musicians who were new to me and who were all from the Leeds area. Taking centre stage was tenor man Matt Cliffe who started the concert with an uptempo blues by Sonny Rollins,  Sonnymoon For Two. He was using a vintage Conn tenor and produced the big hard bop sound that I like to hear.  He also impressed with his take on Fats Waller’s great composition Jitterbug Waltz which he chose to play on flute.

As expected there were plenty of bass solos from Gavin who used his bow to good effect on the melody of Body and Soul and also took a long solo on Parker’s Dexterity during which he slid in some quotes from Steeplechase and Rhythm-a-ning.  The piano was in good hands with Tom Harris reminding me of Brubeck, Monk, and Dave Burrell who was active during the NYC loft scene. Actually I’ve just remembered I’ve seen the drummer Miles Pillinger playing here on two previous occasions so he is definitely not a new face to me. He is one guy to watch out for and he drove things along with his high energy approach.

In the second set we heard the Edgar Simpson tune Stompin' at the Savoy.  Why has this number become so popular with jazz groups recently? I’ve already heard three versions played at this venue in the past two weeks!  Gavin’s band did a fine version though. I wonder if Matt has heard Gene Ammons do this tune on his album, Boss Tenor? The final number was Blue Monk a blues that was used by the Ford Motor Co to introduce new models to their salesmen.  

The next jazz night at the Railway is March 7 with the Ed Kainyek Quartet  9:00pm-11:00pm. Mike Farmer


Sonnymoon For Two; Footprints; Dexterity; Jitterbug Waltz; It Could Happen to You; On Green Dolphin Street; All The Things You Are; Body and Soul; Stompin’ at the Savoy; Blue Monk.

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