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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 ...

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 06: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums).

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.

Saturday, May 06, 2023

Pete Tanton's Chet Set @ The Vault, Hexham - May 5

Pete Tanton (trumpet, vocals); Alan Law (piano); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums)

Pete Tanton, Chet Baker, a welcoming venue, an attentive audience, all the ingredients for an enjoyable, successful gig. The Vault on Hallgate is an ancient, stone built, vaulted cellar converted into a bijou performance space hosting a range of events. This evening's 'First Friday' jazz concert presented trumpeter Pete Tanton's Chet Set, a project evolving out of the American's Rivera Quartet gigs. Pete stood out front, the piano, bass and drums of Alan Law, Mick Shoulder and John Bradford shoe-horned onto the snug stage behind. 
The More I See You
, I Fall in Love Too Easily, There'll Never Be Another You, this was Pete in Chet Baker mode. More than effective vocals, effortlessly 'cool school' trumpet playing, the man from Alabama (long-since resident this side of the Atlantic) is as close to '50s Chet Baker as you're likely to hear. It helps that Pete possesses the accent, of course it does, similarly his easy going nature cannot but help draw in the audience to his Chet Baker world. Another bonus is the presence, the contributions of Alan, Mick and John. Three fine musicians, their support invaluable. Alan's beautifully crafted, distinctive solos were a joy to listen to, Mick's bass playing was exactly what was required, and hats off to John playing the entire evening with brushes - something of a masterclass, you could say.

Highlights were many, not least But Not for Me (a favourite of Pete's), Lets Get Lost and the evening's fully deserved encore, Look for the Silver Lining.

Pete Tanton's Chet Set is a 'win-win' affair - the jazz fan 'gets it' and the casual listener cannot fail to like it. The Chet Set can be heard again next weekend (Sunday May 14) at St James' & St Basil's Church in Fenham, Newcastle. 3:00pm. The Vault's next jazz gig is on Friday May 19 featuring, all the way from London, the brilliant Windy City Weatherbirds. Advance booking from: Russell

The set list: The More I See YouI Fall in Love Too EasilyThere'll Never Be Another YouYou Don't Know What Love IsMy BuddyThat Old FeelingBut Not for MeI Get Along Without You Very WellI Remember YouLet's Get LostMy Funny ValentineJust FriendsIt Could Happen to YouLook for the Silver Lining.

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