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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

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Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...


16051 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1058 of them this year alone and, so far, 12 this month (Dec. 6).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: Giles Strong Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Woodland Village Hall, Bishop Auckland. 7:00pm. £12.00.
Fri 08: Sleep Suppressor + Redwell @ Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. (£8.00. adv); £5.00. student.
Fri 08: Hot Club du Nord @ St Cuthbert's Church, Shadforth, Co. Durham.
Fri 08: Têtes de Pois + Nauta @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £12.00., £8.00.

Sat 09: Prudhoe Community Band @ Central Station, Newcastle. 10:00am - 12 noon. Charity fundraiser.
Sat 09: Durham Alumni Big Band @ Number One Bar, Skinnergate, Darlington. 1:00pm.
Sat 09: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Sat 09: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Middleton & Todridge Village Hall, Morpeth. 7:30pm. £12.00., £6.00.
Sat 09: Paul Skerritt @ Slaley Hall, Hexham NE47 0BX. 7:30pm. From £42.00.

Sun 10: Musicians Unlimited’s Xmas Party with Zoë Gilby Quartet @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. MU 1:00-3:00pm; Zoë Gilby Quartet 4:00-6:00pm. Tickets: £7.50.
Sun 10: Alan Law, Paul Grainger & Abbie Finn @ Darlington Market, Market Square, Darlington. 1:00pm. Free. A ‘Christmas Market’ outdoor gig. Wrap up warm!
Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Funk Soul Sista @ Stack, Seaburn. 5:00-7:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Beth Clarke @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 10: Hayley's Little Big Band @ Whittingham Memorial Institute, Alnwick. 7:30pm. £12.00., £10.00.
Sun 10: Tele-Port @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Line-up inc. Zhenya Strigalev.

Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 11: Interim Final Recitals @ Newcastle University. Details TBC.

Tue 12: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:00pm. £10.00.

Wed 13: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 13: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 13: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 13: Bold Big Band @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 13: Giles Strong Quartet @ Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Hot Fingers @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 14: After Hours Student Jazz Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. . Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 14: Niffi Osiyemi Trio @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Mo Scott ‘Little Mo’s Festive Appearance’ @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 14: Tees Hot Club w. Kevin Eland, Josh Bentham, Garry Hadfield, Adrian Beadnell @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Bailey Rudd's Final Recital @ Newcastle University - May 11

Bailey Rudd (drums); Ollie Styles (tenor sax); Ruby Oldknow (flute); Jacob Egglestone; (guitar); Katrina Miller (vocals);   Louis Wilde (keyboards); Jamie Watkins (bass guitar)

Bailey Rudd: Drum Kit Stage 3 Final Recital. It must be a nerve-wracking occasion, a student musician's final recital. A 10:30am start isn't a typical gig time, perhaps one benefit of a crack of dawn start is the fact there isn't much time to sit around thinking about what lies ahead. Breakfast, out the door, arrive at the Music Studios, meet up with bandmates and get down to topping and tailing the programme. At the appointed hour Bailey Rudd took to the stage.

Over the last couple of years or so Bailey has been a regular participant at (indeed a loyal supporter of) the fortnightly Black Swan jam sessions. Five student friends were on hand to assist Bailey and if he was nervous he didn't let it show. Guitarist Jacob Egglestone and bassist Jamie Watkins, themselves Black Swan regulars, were on hand, as were first year saxophonist Ollie Styles, pianist Louis Wilde, flautist Ruby Oldknow and vocalist Katrina Miller (Katrina another jam session face). 

Introducing a balanced programme spanning some forty minutes or so, Bailey opened with Yussef Kamaal's Strings of Light. Examiners, tutors, fellow students and supporters listened intently. Cutting a figure of intense concentration, Bailey engaged complex rhythmic patterns with razor-sharp accuracy, hi-hat, ride, bass drum all pressed into action. Glancing at a smiling Jacob and a smiling Jamie, Bailey got the message: You're doing fine! And he was. Katrina sang Misty (the one slower tempo number in the set), tenor saxophonist Ollie impressed (let's hope he turns up at the Black Swan sometime), Louis (a new name to BSH) supplied the chordal foundation, Ruby a revelation, yes, things were going well. 

A Night in Tunisia, Bailey pronouncing Tunisia as if Dizzy Gillespie...Too-nee-shah. Great playing all round. Bailey said the next piece didn't need any introduction...Giant Steps. Bailey and co really tore into Trane's classic number. And what's more they kept it short and sweet. An unexpected approach, the betting is the examiners approved. To conclude his recital, Bailey chose to play Ghost Song #8 (Paul Jarret and Jim Black). And that was it. Bailey Rudd could relax. Here's to the next chapter in his musical journey. Russell

Set list: Strings of LightMistyA Night in TunisiaSong for BilbaoSpanish JointGiant StepsGhost Song #8.                          

1 comment :

Bailey said...

Thanks for all your support Russell!

Lots more to come.

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