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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 24: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 24: Remy CB @ The Hoppings, Newcastle Town Moor NE2 3NH. 5:00-7:00pm.

Tue 25: Louise Dodds & Elchin Shirinov @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 26: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 26: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 27: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: The Joni Project @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Joni Mitchell.
Thu 27: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm.
Thu 27: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 27: Loco House Band @ Bar Loco, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free.
Thu 27: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass)

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The day that Carla Bley (May 11, 1936 – October 17, 2023) brought her friends to the Toon

Back in the olden days hugely respected American jazz stars used to come to Newcastle. Having found the attached a month or so ago and filed it somewhere safe, it has taken me all morning to find it again. It dates (I think) from 1996 and marked one of two concerts by big bands (actually that should be BIG BANDS) led by American legends, the other being George Russell, that came to play. Carla’s tour was promoting the Carla Bley Big Band Goes To Church album which is a fine work and featured most of the musicians that she brought to the Playhouse.

Obviously, we’re playing some Carla at the moment in response to the news of her passing. She was a great pianist but an absolute giant in composing for modern jazz big bands. And that haircut, once seen, never forgotten. 
RIP Carla. Dave Sayer


Russell said...

Dave, I was at the concert, 1997 if memory serves. Some years earlier - or was it later? - Bley appeared at Newcastle City Hall as a member of the Jack Bruce Band.

Roly said...

I worked in Glasgow for a few months in 1992. While there I went to a couple of Glasgow Jazz Festival events. One was the trio with Carla, Steve Swallow & Andy Sheppard. Beautiful playing
and I often think back to that concert. It was one of those you never forget. Incidentally the other concert was Irakere who were great too.

Anonymous said...

I missed the Newcastle gig! Only saw her the once, with the trio (Swallow and Sheppard) in Istanbul. Must have been 1994/5

Anonymous said...

I was also at that concert (well, at least half of it). I was driving back from London and arrived about 9pm which turned out to be the interval at the Playhouse. As was the thing in those days there was no one at the booking office or on the doors so I wandered into the hall with the crowds returning from the bar and found an empty seat.
The music was great but my abiding memory was that there were two women with the same amazing hairstyle. The second one obviously Carla Bley's daughter who was playing the piano. She is listed amongst the band members above as Karen Mantler.

Escalator Over The Hill was a big thing for me and my jazz buddies when it came out and we spent rather too long analysing its lyrical intricacies. A few years later in the mid 70s, some of my friends went to New York for the summer and went to every jazz gig going. Somehow they were invited (or invited themselves) to Carla Bley's house and it turned out she was happy to chat to them. Amazingly she also gave them a copy of a ten page document which was supposed to be the outline for 'Escalator'.
When I looked at it I was no wiser but I think I understood she was more interested in the musical ideas rather than the plot.

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