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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 ...


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.

Tue 23: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30-3:30pm. £12.00. ‘St George’s Day Afternoon Tea’. Gig with ‘Lashings of Victoria Sponge Cake, along with sandwiches & scones’.
Tue 23: Jalen Ngonda @ Newcastle University Students’ Union. POSTPONED!

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: Sinatra: Raw @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. Richard Shelton.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.

Thu 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 25: Jim Jams @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 1:15pm. Jim Jams’ funk collective.
Thu 25: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 25: Death Trap @ Theatre Royal, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Rambert Dance Co. Two pieces inc. Goat (inspired by the music of Nina Simone) with on-stage musicians.
Thu 25: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 25: Kate O’Neill, Alan Law & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass); Garry Hadfield (keys).

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Something's cookin'

I was recently looking through some old issues of the American jazz magazine JAZZIZ when I came across a series of articles on the theme of jazz and cooking.  The magazine reproduced several recipes from the 1992 book Jazz Cooks: Portraits and Recipes of the Greats, which, according to JAZZIZ, “captures the essence of the food and music that has moved more than 90 renowned artists, from Dave Brubeck and Sun Ra to Wynton Marsalis and Roy Haynes.”

These recipes included pianist Tommy Flanagan’s Shrimp Eclypso, trumpeter and flugelhorn player Art Farmer’s Chilled Cucumber Soup, saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom’s Cut-Time Capellini (similar to spaghetti), drummer Rashid Ali’s Chicken Anise, and Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman’s Amazonian Duck.  However, the recipe that really caught my eye came under the heading “Jim Hall: Nuts About Soup.”  According to the accompanying article (in JAZZIZ, January 2004), the acclaimed guitarist took a course on “How to Boil Water” (!) after moving to New York.  During this course, he discovered a dish which was to become his favourite: Ribollita, a hearty Tuscan soup based on leftover bread.  Hall recalled making it for John Abercrombie and his wife and said: “It was amazing to me to realise that I could just follow a recipe and it would work out all right.  I got over being intimidated by the whole thing.”


Interesting words from a master improviser.  But I guess that all the greats, both in jazz and cooking, need to get the basics right first.


So, readers, what dishes would you recommend?  And do you like to improvise in the kitchen?  Please get in touch!


Jazz Cooks: Portraits and Recipes of the Greats by Bob Young and Al Stankus (published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Cover photo © Stewart, Tabori & Chang.) is available from Amazon and elsewhere. Colin Muirhead.


Lance said...

Well I'm not much of a one in the kitchen but I do enjoy the end product of someone else's efforts and never more so than back in the day when jazz and fine dining were a Monday night treat at the Cherry Tree in Jesmond. I never had a bad meal and rarely, if ever, was the music not first class. Too many to list but I particularly recall Pan Fried Hake with Spiced Parsnip Puree. Shallots & Granny Smith apple. All consumed to the voice of Mo Scott and her band - Shangri-la!

Ann Alex said...

Pan Fried Hake sounds delicious

Ann Alex said...

I like to make a pizza using a large Greggs stottie. It is truly jazz-like as the stottie is an improvisation as well as the toppings. And it's locally sourced and an example of co-operation with others because I got the idea from a friend.

I simply slice the stottie through the middle to get a pizza base, fry onions, spread mozzarella cheese and tomato salsa, onions on top, and heat on the oven shelf, gas mark 6 for about 8 minutes or until cooked.
Delicious, cheap, why buy a pizza when you can do it this way. Listen to your favourite CD as you eat!

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