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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 13: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 13: Infusion Trio @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Tue 13: Alice Grace & Pawel Jedrzejewski @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 8:00pm. £12.00 (£10.00. adv.).

Monday, May 15, 2023

Hexham Jazz Festival: The Wild Cat @ The Forum Cinema - May 14

Graeme Wilson (tenor sax, bass clarinet); Paul Edis (piano); Paul Susans (double bass, sousaphone); Steve Hanley (drums) 

Director Ernst Lubitsch's 1921 film The Wild Cat (Die Bergkatze) featuring at  a jazz festival? Yes, absolutely. Lubitsch's silent film is all about army types, bandits and general tomfoolery - the plot not exactly immaterial but that's the gist of it. Expressionist German cinema? Yes. A comedy? Yes. Where does the jazz come into it? Well, multi-reeds virtuoso - and cinema buff - Graeme Wilson was commissioned by Hexham Jazz Festival to write a score to be performed live at a screening of a movie. Wilson's choice - The Wild Cat.

At three o'clock Hexham's Forum Cinema attracted a decent sized crowd. Perhaps the cinemagoers were silent film fans or jazz fans, possibly both. Wilson introduced the film, his love of the subject clearly evident. There's nothing quite like a well informed enthusiast! Joining our composer/musician and all round good egg were long-time collaborator, pianist Paul Edis, bassist and sousaphonist Paul Susans, and man-about-the-festival, drummer Steve Hanley. 

The lights dimmed, the screen lit up, Wilson counted them in. Structured, written parts, freely improvised sections, the four musicians variously looking up at the screen, reading their parts and resting. Edinburgh based Wilson was at pains to point out that the 'performance' wouldn't be a musical pastiche, more a twenty first century musician's response to the on screen action as it unfolded before our eyes. The four musicians to one side of the screen were known to the keen jazz fan, their creative response a joy to listen to and, in the darkened auditorium, observe from up in the cheap seats. An ingenious aspect of Wilson's meticulous preparation involved taking screen shots from pivotal points in the film and placing in the charts, thus Edis, Susans and Hanley had a series of visual cues enabling them to conjure the appropriate response to the on screen action. It could be said this Forum Cinema matinee proved to be one of the real 'jazz' highlights of this year's Hexham Jazz Festival! Russell                

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