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Bebop Spoken There

Raymond Chandler: “ I was walking the floor and listening to Khatchaturian working in a tractor factory. He called it a violin concerto. I called it a loose fan belt and the hell with it ". The Long Goodbye, Penguin 1959.

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16350 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 230 of them this year alone and, so far, 27 this month (April 11).

From This Moment On ...


Tue 16: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.
Tue 16: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Bradley Johnston, Paul Grainger, Bailey Rudd.

Wed 17: Bailey Rudd (Minor Recital) @ The Music Studios, Haymarket Lane, Newcastle University. 11:40am. Bailey Rudd (drums). Open to the public.
Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: The Horne Section’s Hit Show @ The Gala, Durham. 7:30pm. SOLD OUT!
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 18: NONUNONU @ Elder Beer Café, Chillingham Road, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 18: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm (doors 7:30pm). £8.00. + bf. Support act TBC.
Thu 18: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Ragtime piano.
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guest band night with Just Friends: Ian Bosworth (guitar); Donna Hewitt (sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Ron Smith (bass); Mark Hawkins (drums).

Fri 19: Cia Tomasso @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. ‘Cia Tomasso sings Billie Holiday’. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ The Radio Rooms, Berwick. 7:00pm (doors). £5.00.
Fri 19: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Levitation Orchestra + Nauta @ Cluny 2, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £11.00.
Fri 19: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.

Sat 20: Record Store Day…at a store near you!
Sat 20: Bright Street Band @ Washington Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Swing dance taster session (6:30pm) followed by Bright Street Big Band (7:30pm). £12.00.
Sat 20: Michael Woods @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Acoustic blues.
Sat 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ St Andrew’s Church, Monkseaton. 7:30pm. £10.00. (inc. a drink on arrival).

Sun 21: Jamie Toms Quartet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man @ Holy Grale, Durham. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: The Jazz Defenders @ Cluny 2. Doors 6:00pm. £15.00.
Sun 21: Edgar Rubenis @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig. Blues & ragtime guitar.
Sun 21: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 21: Art Themen with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00. +bf. JNE. SOLD OUT!

Mon 22: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Another Black Swan jam session - Feb. 20

Ben Phillips (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Mark Robertson (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Paul Ruddick (alto sax); Shivan Ruddick (trumpet); Joe Steels (guitar); Luis Verde (alto sax); Abbie Finn (drums); Jacob Egglestone (guitar); Steve Summers (tenor sax); Kate O'Niell (vocals); Bailey Rudd (drums); John Rowland (tenor sax); Liam Oliver (guitar); Fionnula Bradbury (vocals); Lizzie ? (guitar); Becky Tuck (vocals); Remy Coulthard Boardman (vocals); Josh Weir (drums); Jane ? (trumpet, vocals); Vlada ? (alto sax); Ian Drever (vocals); Johannes Dalhuijsen (bass clarinet); Jamie Watkins (bass guitar); Nick Gould (tenor sax); David Gray (trombone); Esther Coombes (alto sax, clarinet)

The recent trend of audiences arriving earlier and earlier continued. Doors at seven o'clock with a seven thirty downbeat was the usual routine. Not anymore, the early birds are getting themselves down to the Black Swan way before seven. Shortly after seven most seats were occupied. The horns turned out in force, three guitarists, vocalists galore and more, may more. 

Black Orpheus to start, Ben Philips, MC Paul Grainger and Mark Robertson setting the standard. In quick succession the big-hitting horns were up and at it, not locking horns, simply blowing and enjoying the occasion. Harry Keeble excellent, the Ruddicks - father and son, Paul and Shivan (young Shivan impressing once again, On Green Dolphin Street an early highlight). Guitarist Joe Steels impressed, when doesn't he? And then there was Luis Verde. Alto saxophonist Luis is some player, calling Round Midnight, accompanied by ace drummer Abbie Finn, the room fell silent, Luis the focus of attention. Magnificent alto sax, if you're yet to hear the Newcastle resident Spaniard, do yourself favour by getting along to the first of several forthcoming concerts featuring Luis*

John Rowland and Steve Summers, tenor sax both, always good value at a jam session, blossoming graduate guitarist Jacob Egglestone soloing at length, joined by fellow graduate, drummer Bailey Rudd, offering sympathetic support to Teesside singer Kate O'Niell, the merry go round was picking up speed. Fionnula Bradbury put in an appearance for the first time in a while singing You'd be so Nice to Come Home to - don't leave it so long next time, Fionnula. 

Becky Tuck was in the house, there to sing I Didn't Know What Time it Was, be sure to catch Becky around town. Nick Gould, down from Edinburgh for the day, blew assured tenor, sharing the stage with a bunch of up-and-coming names, and, as an old hand, keeping them straight (On the Sunny Side of the Street), offering no little encouragement (it's one of the joys of a jam session, the seasoned pro working alongside promising talents). 

They were massing in the wings as MC P. Grainger set about assembling a half hour, eyeballs-out, finale. CaravanA Train and a ten-strong frontline horn section (aka the Esther Coombes Experience) taking it out on Mr PC. It had been another canny night on Westgate Road. We reconvene on Tuesday 5 March, don't be late!        
The dates for your diary...Luis Verde at the Globe, Newcastle (March 17) and Queen's Hall, Hexham (March 24, afternoon). Russell                   

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