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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 ...


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.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Friday, May 26, 2023

Chris Greive Standards Trio @ Gala Theatre, Durham - May 26

(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Chris Greive (trombone); James Brady (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tom Gibbs (piano)

Trombonist Chris Greive's Standards Trio arrived in Durham with a late change to the line-up. At the last minute guitarist Graeme Stephen was obliged to attend to urgent family business. Joining Greive and James Brady on their journey south from Scotland was the prodigiously talented pianist Tom Gibbs. A near full house at the Gala Theatre was unlikely to be disappointed...

Greive chose to open the set with the Chet Baker/Gerry Mulligan arrangement of The Lady is a Tramp, the horns dancing deftly around the melody, the depping Gibbs, with not a chart in sight, handling the material with consummate ease. Dizzy's Tour de Force was just that, later in the set Bebop tore it up (Gibbs' whirlwind playing, stride patterns, the lot), bravo! 
(© Malcolm Sinclair)
Don't Get Around Much Anymore featured Greive as Tricky Sam, Brady as Cootie Williams and Gibbs as Edward Kennedy, it doesn't get much better than this, stellar playing all round. Our trumpeter's lip required brief respite, so, with Brady taking five, the harmonic invention of 'bone man Greive and the depping Gibbs was quite delightful. To close a most enjoyable hour, Chris Greive's Standards Trio went out on Caravan. As the musicians took a collective bow, the Gala's lunchtime jazz audience went home more than impressed. 

Next month's concert (Friday 23 June) features guitarist Giles Strong's recently formed quartet. Don't hesitate to book (enquiring at the box office all the signs are it's going to be a full house). Tickets from: Russell        

Set list: The Lady is a TrampBrotherhood of ManTour de ForceDon't Get Around Much AnymoreSomeday My Prince Will ComeBebopBunnyCaravan.  

1 comment :

Greivsy said...

Thankyou for the review. It's a lovely reminder of a very fine audience and beautiful day out in Durham!

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