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16497 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 377 of them this year alone and, so far, 89 this month (May 30).

From This Moment On ...


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: Edison Herbert Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
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: New Century Ragtime Orchestra @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig. A 'pint sized' NCRO gig/rehearsal session feat. Dave Hignett, Jim McBriarty, Gavin Lee, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford with special guest drummer Nick Ward.
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.

Tue 04: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Ben Phillips, Paul Grainger, Abbie Finn.

Wed 05: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 05: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 05: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

The Classic Jazz Party @ The Village Hotel, North Tyneside - Nov. 3 (afternoon)

At noon on Friday That's a Plenty got things off to a fine start. By tradition the first concert proper is a Tribute to Mike (the late Mike Durham, who's name is above the door, ran the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, forerunner to the Classic Jazz Party). His good friend Spats Langham did the honours, sharing the stage with CJP veterans (young and old), French trumpeter Malo Mazurié,  Alistair Allan (trombone), from Italy, Mauro Porro (reeds), Martin Litton (at the Kawai grand), Londoner Richard Pite (tuba, string bass) and the man from Davenport, Iowa, Josh Duffee (drums). To a man, they all knew Mike, they all knew what this tribute was about.

Tribute to Mike would be the first of seven sets during the afternoon (throughout the weekend the turn-around time between sets would be minimal with musicians vacating/assuming their seats without a second to spare). Presented by Michael McQuaidThe NORK and their Circle surveyed the output of the New Orleans Rhythm Kings. Hot jazz, in a hot, if not stuffy, hall, performed by A-listers, including Chicagoan And Schumm (cornet), from N'Awlins, pianist David Boeddinghaus, from Milan, Lorenzo Baldasso (reeds) making his CJP debut, and local lad, Phil Rutherford (tuba). A terrific set!  

Dan Barrett presented his Continental Connection taking a broad bush approach to 'neglected gems from the late 1920s and early 1930s'. Deed I Do a highlight, yes, indeed. 

In from Portland, Oregon, pianist Andrew Oliver worked in trio format alongside David Horniblow (clarinet) and the ever-smiling period percussion specialist Nicholas D. Ball, their half-hour set examining Jelly Roll Morton's clarinet/piano/drums sides. 

Trumpeter Malo Mazurié led an enticing-looking set...Dickie Wells Meets Django. Featuring Dan Barrett as Dickie Wells and Félix Hunot as Django Reinhardt (Mazurié, Norwegian Torstein Kubban and New Yorker Mike Davis, trumpets, the session focussed upon the 1937 meeting of the two giants of jazz.

Nicolle Rochelle (pictured) assumed the role of Eva Taylor in a set looking at the singer's relationship, musically and personally, with Clarence Williams (they were a married couple). Shout, Sister! Eva Taylor & Clarence Williams (the penultimate set of the afternoon) featured the principals and Malo Mazurié (trumpet), Graham Hughes (trombone), the reeds of Claus Jacobi and Matthias Seuffert, Martin Gunnar Larsen (piano), Spats Langham playing banjo and guitar with a vocal number, CJP favourite Malcolm Sked (tuba, string bass) and Nicholas (Nick) D. Ball (drums and washboard). Rochelle singing Baby Won't You Please Come Home? and Moanin' Low proved to be undoubted highlights. 

To close a full afternoon of world class jazz, Mike Davis dedicated an hour to Stardust and Beyond - the Music of Hoagy Carmichael. A stage chock full of big hitters - including Messrs Barrett (trombone), McQuaid, Lorenzo Baldasso and Richard Exall (reeds) and virtuoso violinist Emma Fisk - delivered the goods. A set with a difference, Davis looked at Hoagy's actual recording sessions as opposed to his many, much-loved songs. It had been a fine first session. Russell                

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