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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 ...


Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

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: 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.

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Customs House Big Band @ the Customs House, South Shields - June 16

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times* and the best of times were at the Customs House in South Shields where the band who were originally formed as a community band at the historic building  returned to where it all began for their annual concert.

CHBB don't cover the big band legends such as Miller, Goodman, Shaw, Basie,  Ellington, Herman or Kenton but lean more towards Sammy Nestico and Gordon Goodwin who seem to be the buzz names on the current big band scene. 

The opening It's Alright With me swung along comfortably with  solos from Marshall and Bentham as well as a 'handbags at dawn' duel between the pair.

More alto solos from Marshall  on A Wonderful Day Like Today and Indiana, the latter having some precision section work by the saxes, before it was time for the ever popular Ruth Lambert to sing a couple of numbers.

Ruth, wearing a glitzy, green gown and looking as glam as ever took the tried and tested route of I Get a Kick Out of You and Mambo Italiano drawing molto applausi from the audience.

Guitarist Johnston composed and arranged I Miss You which had a fine flugelhorn solo by Robinson as well as good guitar by the composer.

After Horace Silver's Song For my Father, Ruth returned for Too Darn Hot and Teach me Tonight before the set finished with Pavanne and Goodwin's There's the Rub.

A quick slurp of Swedish Blonde in the Steamboat then back across the cobbles for the second set and time for me to hold up my hand and confess that Summertime isn't such a bad tune after all - not when it's played like this! An uptempo blast that included an excellent, stompingly fine tenor solo by Joanne Adams.

Moonlight in Vermont as a bossa featured Bentham and Maynard Ferguson's Spirit of  St Frederick (as we were in South Shields it could have been re-titled Spirit of Frederick St) had some high notes from Cracket.

Ruth gave us Fever, Embraceable You and later on Get Happy. Other numbers during this second set were Fall Madness, Brush Taps (Paul Smith feature), When You're Smiling and Charlie the Whale.

The evening finished with Ruth singing Alright, Okay, You Win. It had been a good concert held together by MD Morgan's laconic introductions to the various numbers. See you again next year. Lance.

*The worst of times? At the bus stop when a guy who hadn't been to the concert but had seemingly done several laps around the local hostelries regurgitated the contents of his evening out missing my suede shoes by inches!

Stephen Cracket, Ian Robinson, Ben Chinery, Alan Catherall (trumpets, flugel); Dave Brocklesby, Eddie Bellis. Michael Fletcher (trombones); Peter Morgan (bass trombone, MD); Alan Marshall (alto sax, soprano sax, Flute);  Sue Hurrell (alto sax); Josh Bentham, Joanne Adams (tenor sax); Chris Kaberry (bari sax); John Stephenson (piano); Bradley Johnston (guitar); Paul Carr (bass guitar); Paul Smith (drums); Ruth Lambert (vocals).

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