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16382 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 262 of them this year alone and, so far, 59 this month (April 20).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 26: Graham Hardy Quartet @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: East Coast Swing Band @ Morpeth Rugby Club. 7:30pm. £9.00. (£8.00 concs).
Fri 26: Paul Skerritt with the Danny Miller Big Band @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Fri 26: Abbie Finn’s Finntet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 27: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 6:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: More Jam Festival Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Swing Dance workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Free (registration required). A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: The '10' Tour @ Glasshouse International Centre for Music, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £41.30 t0 £76.50.
Sun 28: Alligator Gumbo @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.
Sun 28: Jerron Paxton @ The Cluny, Newcastle. Blues, jazz etc.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 29: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free. ‘Opus de Funk’ (a tribute to Horace Silver).

Tue 30: Celebrate with Newcastle Jazz Co-op. 5:30-7:00pm. Free.
Tue 30: Swing Manouche @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. A Coquetdale Jazz event.
Tue 30: Clark Tracey Quintet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ’10 Years a Co-op’ festival event.

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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