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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ the Crescent Club, Cullercoats. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 20: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free.
Mon 20: Joe Steels-Ben Lawrence Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Three Tsuru Origami + Paul Edis & Graeme Wilson @ Jesmond United Reformed Church, Newcastle (NFOJAIM) - Sept. 22

(© Ken Drew)
This year's Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music (NFOJIM) opened at three in the afternoon with a 'performance' of Newcastle Civic Centre's Edith Adamson Carillon (Jon Bradley, carillon, Paul Taylor, compositions & recording). Two further performances are scheduled for Friday 29 September and Friday 6 October.  

Three Tsuru Origami: Gabriele Mitelli (trumpet, sopranino, electronics, voice); John Edwards (double bass); Mark Sanders (drums, percussion)

In the evening at Jesmond United Reformed Church, NFOJAIM presented a double bill featuring a debut Tyneside appearance by Gabriele Mitelli working alongside two stalwarts of the British improvised music fraternity, John Edwards and Mark Sanders and the church organ-tenor saxophone duo comprising London based pianist Paul Edis and, from Edinburgh, saxophonist Graeme Wilson.

Italian Gabriele Mitelli arrived in town carrying a four-valve trumpet, a sopranino and a bundle of electronic gadgetry. One assumes Mitelli cleared customs without too much difficulty. As a trio, Mitelli, Edwards and Sanders have previously shared a concert stage, here in Jesmond it was a case of two familiar names known to a Tyneside audience and a first time visitor to the region, Señor Mitelli. A four-valve trumpet isn't your everyday instrument, Mitelli played it as if a hotshot bop trumpeter displaying quite dazzling technique. The Italian's other conventional instrument, sopranino, received a workout as Edwards applied brute force to his double bass, Sanders his usual clattering self, hitting every pot and pan in sight. Some forty minutes later, they were done.            

Paul Edis (church organ); Graeme Wilson (tenor sax)

(© Ken Drew)
Earlier, Messrs Edis and Wilson met up once more to further explore the musical possibilities of church organ and saxophone. The Henry Willis & Sons organ on Burdon Terrace was installed in the mid-fifties, replacing the original TC Lewis instrument dating from 1890. As Edis climbed into the organ loft, Wilson picked up his chosen horn, tenor saxophone. 

Our duo's previous outings mesmerised audiences in Durham Cathedral and Hexham Abbey. Here at Jesmond United Reformed Church the grandeur was scaled down, more fitting to a suburban place of worship. One wondered if Edis could hear Wilson. Edis later confirmed he could, although he was unaware of Wilson's decision to remain rooted to the spot rather than wander the length and breadth of the building, as the Scot had done in the Land of the Prince Bishops and in the Northumberland market town of Hexham. 

From time to time Edis demonstrated the organ's immense power, the phrase 'earth-shattering' sprung to mind. Wilson's tenor soared high into the rafters. Midway through an unbroken set of some forty minutes Wilson produced a highlight of the performance with his precise execution of a rapid-fire, repeated phrase, reaching ever-higher heights, Edis responding from on high. NFOJAIM is underway with more to come through to the first week of October. DETAILS. Russell

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