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16034 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 1041 of them this year alone and, so far, 73 this month (Nov. 27).

From This Moment On ...


Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). Tickets: £25.00. inc. buffet. A Gatsby themed evening.
Thu 30: Jools Holland's R & B Orchestra @ Newcastle City Hall. 7:30pm.
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. Guest band night: Mark Toomey Quintet (Mark Toomey, sax; Paul Donnelly, guitar; Jeremy McMurray, keys; Peter Ayton, bass; Mark Robertson, drums). 9:00pm.

Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Paul Skerritt @ All Saints’ Church, Eastgate, Co. Durham. 7:00pm. Xmas Tree Fest.
Fri 01: Alligator Gumbo @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Fri 01: Nu Sound Brass @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy w. Jim Murray @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Blind Pig Blues Club. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sat 02: Paula Jackman's Jazz Masters @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 02: Abbie Finn Trio @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Tenement Jazz Band @ John Marley Centre, Newcastle. Swing Tyne Winter Social. £8.00. + bf. Advance purchase only, no admission at the door. BYOB. Lindy hop workshop from 11:00am. £39.00.
Sat 02: Zoë Gilby Quartet @ The Masham, Hartburn Village, Stockton. 7:00pm. Feat. Noel Dennis.
Sat 02: Classic Swing @ The Nuthatch, 9 - 11 Bedford St, Middlesbrough TS1 2LL. 7:00-9:00pm. Classic Swing in trio format.
Sat 02: Paul Skerritt w. Danny Miller Big Band @ Westovian Theatre, South Shields. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Vermont Big Band @ Whitley Bay FC. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. hot buffet). Tickets available from WBFC’s Seahorse pub club house.
Sat 02: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Ponteland Social Club, Northumberland. 7:30pm. £18.00 (inc. stotties & soup supper). A fundraiser for Hexham Constituency Labour Party.
Sat 02: Tom Remon & Laurence Harrison @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 02: Rendezvous Jazz @ Red Lion, Earsdon. 8:00pm. Xmas party night inc. buffet & special raffle. £3.00.
Sat 02: Groovetrain @ The Unionist Club, Laygate, South Shields. 9:00pm.

Sun 03: The Central Bar Quartet @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00. The Central Bar Quartet plays Lou Donaldson’s Gravy Train. Featuring Jamie Toms.
Sun 03: Paul Skerritt @ Smith’s Arms, Carlton, Stockton-on-Tees. 7:00pm.
Sun 03: Johnny Hunter Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 03: Jam session @ The Schooner, Gateshead. 8:00pm. Free.

Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 04: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ People’s Kitchen, Bath Lane, Newcastle. From 5:30pm. On-street gig supporting the work of the People’s Kitchen charity. Wrap up warm! Donate!
Mon 04: Michael Young Trio w Lindsay Hannon @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 7:00pm. Free.
Mon 04: James Birkett Trio @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 04: Durham University Jazz Orchestra + Durham University Big Band @ Durham Castle DH1 3RW. 8:30pm. £6.00.; £5.00. concs; £4.00. DSM. ‘Jazzy Christmas’.

Tue 05: Customs House Big Band @ All Saints Church, Cleadon. 7:00pm. Concert in the church hall. BYOB.
Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Michael Young, Paul Grainger, Sid White. The best free show in town!

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

The Chet Set @ Blaydon Jazz Club - June 19

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

1954/2023, a warm summer's evening, sitting on the terrace with a chilled beer, musicians chewing the fat. Familiar faces strolled in, nodding to other familiar faces, the recently refurbished Black Bull as welcoming as ever. Chet's/Pete's trumpet on its stand awaited the arrival of its audience. The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach is a million miles - metaphorically speaking - from Blaydon-on-Tyne but on a night like this the views from the terrace looking out across the Tyne take some beating. Chet/Pete and the boys sauntered in, the Chet Set was about to begin.

(© Russell)
Chet Baker 'tribute acts' must be ten a dime, in the case of Pete Tanton's Chet Baker homage, our man has one up on many, he's from Alabama, USA! The accent does it, the trumpet playing too, if you're into West Coast cool, Pete's your man. The More I See YouI Fall in Love Too Easily, we were listening to mid-fifties' Chet Baker. Along for the ride (Chet's/Pete's Cadillac was parked up outside the Black Bull) were buddies Alan Law, Mick Shoulder and John Bradford. They ain't American but, being jazz cats, they too possess their share of 'cool'. A short, one verse take on I Get Along Without You Very Well then But Not for Me closed out a fine first set.

(© Roly Veitch)
Let's Get Lost (Alan Law playing typically 'Alan Law' tension and release piano) resumed affairs, My Funny Valentine had to be in the set list and it was. Pete recently confided that until recently he hadn't sung the number in public (excellent trumpet playing on this one). Just Friends summed up the evening. The John Klenner/Sam M Lewis number has been performed countless times at jazz clubs up and down the land, including here at Blaydon Jazz Club. And to close, another chart often played and sung right here in the Black Bull lounge, Look for the Silver Lining. From Roly Veitch (Blaydon Jazz Club) to Pete Tanton, the music of Chet Baker lives on.      
The Chet Set has been well received across the region and, with dogged determination and a bit of luck, Pete and the guys could well realise the dream of taking it on the road - London, New York, West Coast... Russell
Set list: The More I See YouI Fall in Love Too EasilyThere Will Never Be Another YouYou Don't Know What Love IsMy BuddyThat Old FeelingI Get Along Without You Very WellBut Not for MeI Remember YouLet's Get LostMy Funny ValentineTime After TimeJust FriendsIt Could Happen to YouLook for the Silver Lining. 


Roly said...

For anyone who doesn't already know - the river just here was where Blaydon Island (aka Dent's Meadow) was situated. On this large island was held the Blaydon Races in it's heyday (1861 - 65). The island, along with others downriver at Dunston (Big Annie, Little Annie) were removed by the Tyne Improvement Commission in the 1870s, along with dredging work and 'improvements' to river banks. All for improved navigability to enable heavy goods transportation by bigger boats. The Races were revived up river at Stella Haugh in the 1880s and lasted till 1916. The Commission's work along with the growth of the railways and the building of large timber staiths signalled the end for the legendary keelmen. They had plied their trade on the river for hundreds of years. PS. I've heard there was actually a pub on Great Annie. Presumably drinkers boated across or maybe swam over in their determination to have a nice pint.

Roly said...

To correct myself, the larger island was King's Meadow not Big Annie. The pub on the island was Countess of Coventry.

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