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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!

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

The midsummer Black Swan jam session - June 20

A day of torrential rain gave way to a pleasantly warm summer's evening. Would the students be gone for the summer? Would others opt for a back garden BBQ? Would anyone make the effort to go into town for the Black Swan jam session? The answer to the latter question was emphatically YES! In no time at all the Newcastle Arts Centre's basement venue was doing good business. Long time jam session supporters bagged their favourite seats, new faces - a surprising number of them - took a pew wherever they could. Welcome to the best free show in town! 

The house trio - Messrs Law, Grainger and Johnston - kicked off with a breezy Summer Wind. John Rowland blowing tenor - the man is Hawkins, Webster and more - took us back to the thirties. The Lady is a Tramp and A Foggy Day in London Town received the Ian Drever treatment, the word 'bold' springs to mind. Speaking of bold, upfront performance, step forward Kate O'Neill. The Man I Love and a wrought In My Solitude were more than a match for Mr D, the latter number featuring Luis Verde on alto and Esther Coombes on clarinet. 

Bop charts are a staple of the Black Swan jam sessions and Luis and Esther were joined by Alex Shipsey playing double bass (later in the evening switching to bass guitar) and the ever-reliable Kris Finney behind the kit. David Gray was in the house, as was Stu Collingwood (Alan Law happily vacating the piano stool) and, long-time-no-see Minnie Fraser, Goody, Goody sang Minnie. And another singer, Cath Stephens, sang Skylark and Monk's wonderfully quirky Well, You Needn't. Good stuff from Minnie and Cath.

The graduate boys were in the house - Jacob Egglestone and Bailey Rudd. Over the last couple of years the Newcastle University lads have made excellent contributions to the jam session. Good on them for continuing to support the night. Owen Jones sat in on bass allowing Mr PG (our MC) the opportunity to get to the bar for a well-earned pint. Kayleigh (apologies if the spelling isn't correct!) sang Norah Jones' big hit Don't Know Why, accompanied by the singers' accompanist, Mr Alan Law. 

Bop numbers never fail to fill the floor - Law, Egglestone, Jones, drummer Freddie Richards, Verde, Showtime, later MC Mr PG and, muscling in on the act, Edgar Bell, all blowing on Night in Tunisia. Ah, Ray Burns called Masquerade, Ah, Niffi, that's Niffi Osiyemi, declared: I'm Beginning to See the Light and, before we knew it, it was all hands on deck for the closer, Let the Good Times Roll. To quote MC Grainger: It's always this good. And it is, the next session is scheduled for Tuesday 4 July (7:30pm prompt). The 4th of July! Will any Americans show? Get along to find out. Russell                     

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums) + John Rowland (tenor sax); Ian Drever (vocals); Kate O'Neill (vocals); Luis Verde (alto sax); Esther Coombes (clarinet, alto sax); Kris Finney (drums); Alex Shipsey (double bass, bass guitar); Liam (guitar); David Gray (trombone); Minnie Fraser (vocals); Stu Collingwood (piano); Cath Stephens (vocals); Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Owen Jones (double bass); Bailey Rudd (drums); Kayleigh (vocals); Edgar Bell (trumpet); Freddie Richards (drums); Ray Burns (harmonica, vocals); Remi (guitar); Niffi Osiyemi (vocals)

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