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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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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15848 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 855 of them this year alone and, so far, 53 this month (Sept. 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 23: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Tanfield Railway, Gateshead. 2:00-4:00pm. Free. A '1940s Weekend' event.
Sat 23: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn. 3:30-5:30pm. Free.
Sat 23: Andrew Porritt & Keith Barrett @ Cullercoats Watch House, Front St., Cullercoats NE30 4QB. 7:00pm.
Sat 23: Michael Woods @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. Country blues.

Sun 24: Musicians Unlimited @ Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 24: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.

Mon 25: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 25: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm.

Tue 26: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.

Wed 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 27: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 27: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 28: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 28: Alice Grace Quartet @ King's Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Free.
Thu 28: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm. All welcome.
Thu 28: Faye MacCalman + Snape/Sankey @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 28: Zoe Rahman @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:30pm. A Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music event.
Thu 28: '58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 28: Speakeasy @ Queen's Hall, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A Southpaw Dance Company presentation. Dance, audio-visuals, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, swing dancers etc.
Thu 28: Mick Cantwell Band @ Harbour View, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Ace blues band.
Thu 28: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 29: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 29: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 29: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Monday, June 05, 2023

Swinging at the Cotton Club @ The Fire Station, Sunderland - June 4

The Fire Station is on something of a roll. A regular programme of jazz concerts across the spectrum is clearly paying dividends. This evening 'Harry Strutter' was in town with his Hot Rhythm Orchestra performing alongside the ever-energetic Lindy Hop Dance Company. Orchestra and troupe would win a standing ovation from yet another large turn out here on High Street West. 

The Hot Rhythm Orchestra has been on the go for decades, long before some in the audience were but a twinkle in the eye. The programme familiar, the musicianship of the highest order, Lee Payne's eye-catching tap routines, the Lindy Hop guys and gals hoofing it, it all adds up to a winner. Exactly Like You, Black Beauty, Andy Woon's front-of-stage trumpet feature on Stardust, there was something for everyone. 

Dressed in an outrageous zoot suit number (making the late George Melly's wardrobe look positively sober), MC and vocalist Megs Etherington kept the show moving along. American singer Marlene Hill sang GASbook numbers (Bill BaileyWillow Weep for Me), show/film tunes (Stormy Weather), a gospel number, alternating with the Lindy Hoppers' exhausting routines. The boys in the band got the opportunity to play - C Jam BluesHappy Feet, Hill vocalising on Creole Love Call - and that most elegant of pianists, Martin Litton, briefly took centre stage playing Jelly Roll Morton's Grandpa's Spells

The Fire Station is putting bums on seats, what's more, it's all good stuff. More jazz to come? Yes, the cookin' Hammond organ James Taylor Quartet will be there on June 16 and in July (Friday 21), the region's very own Strictly Smokin' Big Band with Alice Grace will be playing Ella and Ellington. Book now at: Russell        
Harry Strutters' Hot Rhythm Orchestra: Megs Etherington (MC, vocals); Marlene Hill (vocals); Andy Woon (trumpet); Tony Carter (alto sax, clarinet); Chris Macdonald (alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet); Paul Taylor (trombone); Martin Litton (piano); Maurice Dennis (banjo, guitar); Allan Sokell (sousaphone); Graham Collicott (drums) + Lee Payne (tap dance) & the Lindy Hop Dance Company 

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