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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
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. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.


Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 02: Musicians Unlimited @ West Hartlepool RFC, Hartlepool. 12 noon. Two sets (12 noon-1:00pm & 2:00-3:00pm). ‘Sunday Big Band Blast meets WHRFC’s Classic Car Show’.
Sun 02: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm. £7.50.
Sun 02: Mark Williams Trio @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 2:00pm. £10.00.
Sun 02: Sax Choir @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 02: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 02: Anth Purdy @ The Quakerhouse, Darlington. 6:30pm. Free. ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’.
Sun 02: MSK @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 03: John Garner & John Pope @ Yamaha Music School, Blyth. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Mon 03: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Nigel Price Organ Trio @ Queen's Hall, Hexham - Nov. 12

Nigel Price (guitar); Peter Johnstone (organ); Joel Barford (drums)

Nigel Price is midway through an extensive tour of Britain. This Queen's Hall, Hexham concert marked the debut of organist Peter Johnstone, depping at short notice for Ross Stanley. Johnstone met Price and drummer Joel Barford for the first time shortly before they went on stage. A quick run through of some of the material and they were ready to go. How Johnstone, Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year way back in 2010, got his head around the charts is one of the wonders of the jazz world. 

The trio's new album (featuring the unavailable Ross Stanley) would feature during two sets of compelling music. Price's Wet & Dry opened the show, and what a show it would be! Eye contact, a smile, a nod, Price and Barford were as one, as for new boy Johnstone, much the same, his new bandmates clearly impressed with his contribution. Another two Price compositions - Hey, Shirley (for Shirley Scott) and Stryke One (that's American guitarist Dave Stryker, a favourite of bandleader Price) - confirmed Price as a composer of note. Kid Gloves (for Pat Martino), a thrilling Night Flight (originally a contrafact of Maiden Voyage) was what Price likes to call a 'burner'. It was that, alright, some seriously hot playing on this one!

You Don't Know Me, written with the late Joey DeFrancesco in mind, hit a funk groove, Joel Barford absolutely immense. Wow! It was almost time to go. Price called his Booze Blues (written the morning after the night before, the night before being spent at a beer festival!), Barford was 'all over it' as Price is fond of saying, as for Johnstone, one would have thought the Glaswegian had been in the band for a couple of years not a mere two hours!

A fantastic gig - it always is when Price is on the stand - and they're back in the region tonight (Thursday) at the Globe on Railway Street in Newcastle. Get down in time for an eight o'clock start. Tomorrow the trio will be across town at the Lit and Phil. It's a one o'clock start, however, it's been sold out for several weeks. Try calling the Lit & Phil to check about possible returns - 0191 232 0192 - you never know, you could hit lucky. Russell

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