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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 ...


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.


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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Paul Hartley Quartet featuring Alex Clarke @ the Railway Stockport - March 28

(© Jeff Pritchard)
Paul Hartley (guitar); Alex Clarke (alto sax/tenor sax); Peter Hartley (bass); Dave Walsh (drums).

Most of the tunes played tonight were ones that have been played at this venue many times apart from I’ve Never Been in Love Before, a great number written by Frank Loesser for the hit show Guys and Dolls in 1950. I think I’ve heard Cannonball Adderley play this on record or maybe it was Phil Woods.  Tuesday nights usually attract a good sized crowd and they got to hear the rest of Alex’s selection which included tunes by Clifford Brown, Bob Haggart, Naceo Herb Brown, Carlos Jobim, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, and Sonny Rollins.

Paul’s son Peter was for the first time at the Railway trying out a new triangular upright bass and he sounded pretty good on it, establishing a close rapport with drummer Dave Walsh. Most of the tunes that I thought worked best were played on tenor sax with Alex getting a powerful sound on the larger horn and I liked what she did on What's New? a great ballad composed by bass player Bob Haggart. I wonder if Alex has heard Dexter Gordon’s version of this number on the Jazz Icons DVD. This tune was also in the repertoire of the Max Roach Quintet and was recorded a few times when Sonny Rollins was in the band.

Alex sounded impressive on the opening Kern standard All the Things You Are which featured her forceful alto style and she certainly knows how to get a good sound on both horns. The finale was a fiery rendition of Sonny Rollins’s Oleo and everyone seemed highly delighted with what proved to be another great evening of swinging jazz.

The next jazz evening at the Railway will be Sunday April 2 with the Dean Stockdale Quartet. Mike Farmer

All the Things You Are; Body and Soul; Alone Together; What’s New?; You Stepped Out of a Dream; Sandu; I’ve Never Been in Love Before; Desifinado; Soon; Skylark; Oleo.


Simon Spillett said...

Rollins never recorded What's New with Max Roach. Just sayin'...

Mike Farmer said...

I've just been searching through my LP collection and I have in my hands a 12" LP on the Electra Musician label called Pure Genius by Clifford Brown/Max Roach ref MUS K 52 388. Whats New is the second track on side one. Recorded live in 1956.

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