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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets:
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Richard Weatherall Quartet @ the Railway, Stockport - June 13

Richard Weatherall (piano); Jeff Guntren (tenor sax;) Ken Marley (bass); Dave Walsh (drums)

Due to the line up change which originally showed guitarist Paul Hartley as bandleader, we had Richard Weatherall and Jeff Guntren selecting the tunes starting with the seldom played I Hear A Rhapsody, a 1941 pop song composed by George Tagos, Jack Baker and Dick Gasparre. It was featured in the 1952 film Clash By Night and sung by Tony Martin. 

The second number was from Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite - Isfahan - which, as Richard explained, was a feature for Johnny Hodges on the iconic recording. When I was sixteen I bought an alto sax and Hodges was a big influence on me until Charlie Parker came along and changed everything.

Jeff continued by going into an energetic workout on Wayne Shorter’s JuJu which is a tune that made me think about the great legacy of interesting tunes that Shorter wrote. Guntren likes to alter his tone and vary the volume during some of his solos which leads me to think he may have listened to Pharoah Sanders at length.

I was a bit surprised that the audience was smaller that expected but that may have been due to the sunny weather or maybe some of them had decided to go on holiday while the cheap deals are still available. 

After blowing through the blues on a spirited version of Ornette’s Turnaround the second set commenced with one of my favourite Monk tunes Let’s Cool One which I first heard of on Clark Terry’s In Orbit  album. Guntren really stretched out on this number with Weatherall matching his intensity and the rhythm section at the top of their game. 

Next came an up tempo Kenny Barron tune the popular Voyage which I thought was as good as any version I’ve heard before at the Railway. Drummer Dave Walsh sounded excellent on all the tunes and for the finale we heard another great number from the prolific pen of Wayne Shorter, Footprints which showcased the versatile basswork of Ken Marley a regular performer here at the Railway. 

The next jazz night at the Railway is on June 18 with the Dean Masser Quartet 9:00-11:00pm. Mike Farmer


I Hear A Rhapsody; Ishafan; JuJu; Turnaround; Let’s Cool One; Voyage; Footprints.

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