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

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...


Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 1:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.


Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

The Black Swan jam session - May 16

A top class house trio, sitters-in galore, few, if any, students, Esther Coombes an honourable exception, newcomers and veteran jam session participants, they - and a sizeable audience - turned out despite the counter attraction of watching Sunderland struggling in vain to reach the 'Promised Land' of the Premier League and its riches.

Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger and Mark Robertson got the show on the road in style with three jam session staples - Ain't Misbehavin'This Masquerade and On Green Dolphin Street. First up, Luis Verde. Now resident in Newcastle, our Spaniard is rapidly becoming the star attraction here at the Black Swan. If bop to post bop to contemporary alto saxophone is you're thing, be sure to check out Luis!

Pianist Ben Phillips arrived. Well, well, the man plays a pretty mean trumpet! Later he would sit at the keyboard. Some guys have all the talent. Luis wasn't the only alto player in the house, Esther Coombes pitched in (later leading on Mr PC), as did Steve Summers. The phrase 'Alto Sax Summit' sprung to mind. 

As Mark Robertson went in search of refreshment, Kris Finney and Michael Mather sat in, both more than capable of handing whichever numbers were called (Mather on the drum stool as Showtime, that's David Gray, sang The Shadow of Your Smile). Kate O'Neill, up from Teesside, sang a couple including That Ole Devil Called Love. The multi-talented Stu Collingwood sang Don't Get Around Much Anymore. Aye, they're a talented bunch here at the Black Swan.

MC Paul Grainger marshalled the troops for the outer saying: We'll have a kick around on Blue Monk. And that's precisely what they did, all blowing on one of  Thelonious Monk's many much-loved tunes. The next Black Swan jam session is set for Tuesday June 6. It'll be a prompt seven thirty start, don't be late!  
Stu Collingwood (piano, vocals); Paul Grainger (double bass); Mark Robertson (drums) + (in something like order of appearance) Luis Verde (alto sax); Ben Phillips (trumpet, piano); Liam (guitar); Esther Coombes (alto sax, clarinet); Adam Sams (guitar); Kris Finney (drums); Steve Summers (alto sax); Edgar Bell (trumpet); Kate O'Neill (vocals); Michael Mather (drums); David Gray (trombone, vocals); Owen Jones (double bass); ? (bass guitar); Alon Dagon (piano); Ray Burns (harmonica)

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