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16246 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 128 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (Feb. 29).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 04: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 05: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Joe Steels, Paul Grainger, Michael Mather.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 07: Ray Stubbs R & B All Stars @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 07: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. Guests: Mark Toomey (alto sax); Donna Hewitt (tenor sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums). 8:30pm.

Fri 08: Noel Dennis Quartet @ The Old Library, Auckland Castle. 1:00pm. £8.00. Noel Dennis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rick Laughlin (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); Tim Johnston (drums).
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! Back on March 15.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Sat 09: Alex Fawcett Band + Lindsay Hannon Blues Trio @ Sedgefield Parish Hall. 7:00pm. £15.00. A Sedgefield Rock & Blues Club event. Tickets:
Sat 09: Shunyata Improvisation Group @ Cullercoats Watch House. 8:00pm. Donations. A Watch House renovation fundraising concert.
Sat 09: Ray Stubb’s R&B All Stars @ The Peacock, Sunderland. 6:00pm. Free. Gig in the downstairs bar.

Sun 10: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 10: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Salty Dog @ The Lounge, Blyth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 10: Vintage Explosion @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle.
Sun 10: Fraser Fifield: Secret Path Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 10: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 11: Matthew Forster Quartet @ Yamaha Music School, Seaforth St., Blyth NE24 1AY. 1:00 - 1:45pm. £8.00. + bf.
Mon 11: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 12: Lewis Watson Quartet @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Pete Tanton's Chet Set @ Newcastle Arts Centre - Nov. 28

 (© Mike Tilley)
Pete Tanton (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Alan Law (keyboards); Mick Shoulder (double bass); John Bradford (drums)

There would be sleet, there would be snow, 'tis the season, but not before the Chet Set. On a freezing midweek evening November's jazz concert at Newcastle Arts Centre attracted an encouragingly large audience. The Black Swan jam sessions are the stuff of legend, such is the popularity of the twice monthly jam night it's not unheard of for a 'one in, one out' policy to be in operation. This evening the adjoining performance space opened its doors to accommodate an expectant audience.

 (© Mike Tilley)
Pete Tanton cuts a 'Johnny Lonely' figure - affable, approachable, seemingly lost in thought in a 'Let's Get Lost' world. Whatever was happening out there on the street, for the next couple of hours or so we were invited to tag along as Pete explored the life and times of West Coast cool jazz icon Chet Baker. But Not for Me sang Chet/Pete. Throughout the evening's two sets Pete's engaging, intimate, at times conversational, vocals drew the listener ever-closer. 

(© Russell)
Pete's Chet Set featured pianist Alan Law, bassist Mick Shoulder and drummer John Bradford. Their collective attention to detail and sensitivity towards the material made for a winning formula. The casual jazz fan, indeed the non-jazz fan, couldn't be other than impressed. The life story of the evening's subject - Chet Baker - is one of many chapters, and Pete's conversational narrative alluded to Baker's poll-winning success in an era of many illustrious trumpeters (Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro...), the women in his life, the drug-taking, but, the music, the jazz, that's what hit home. The ballads (I Fall in Love Too EasilyMy Funny Valentine), a cookin' Just FriendsIt Could Happen to You and a set closing Look for the Silver Lining, performed by four top class musicians, made for a great gig. Russell                      

Set list: But Not for MeThe More I See YouI Fall in Love Too EasilyThere'll Never Be Another YouSilent Night; That Old FeelingFrenesiI Remember YouLet's Get LostMy Funny ValentineTime After TimeJust FriendsIt Could Happen to YouLook for the Silver Lining

1 comment :

Jeff Jinx said...

The night was indeed freezing, but the atmosphere at The Black Swan was in distinct opposition. A welcoming, responsive, little crowd in the perfect setting. First time for me. I came with high-hopes and left elated. Pete Tanton's Chet Set expelled my austerity blues with a spry mix of conversation, sincere vocals and musicianship of the highest form. The sound mix was a comfortable, detailed, separation of instruments allowing each to shine individually and blend perfectly to the dictates of interpretation. As a Chet Baker fan, I was moved by their command of the material AND thrilled when they 'broke loose' and let the music fly. Jazz REALLY works live and these gentlemen have the skills to make it stratospheric. Can't wait to return. Great band, cool place, nice people.

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