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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ the Crescent Club, Cullercoats. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 20: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:30-8:30pm. Free.
Mon 20: Joe Steels-Ben Lawrence Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Thundercat @ Newcastle City Hall - March 29

Thundercat (bass, vocals); Dennis Hamm (keyboards); Justin Brown (drums)

Weather Report allegedly claimed that ‘We never solo and we always solo’ and that ethos was live, well and had its big boots on on Friday at City Hall. I’m still not entirely sure what the hell that was. It was jazz, Jim, but there was so much in the mix that it’s almost impossible to see what there was. Visually, Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner channels Japanese manga/Anime and Afro-Futurism in the huge Thundercat backdrop, the frequent references to the Dragon Ball films, the kimono, the golden braids and the wide, golden collar. By way of contrast, the keyboard player looks like an accountant on dress-down Friday. All that’s before the music starts.

Musically, it’s an overwhelming mash of jazz-rock, (Weather Report without Wayne), prog-rock, Parliament/Funkadelic funk, Curtis Mayfield in the vocals and just a generous spirit of joy and well-being. Restraint is a word that is left at the door. This is frantic. A near constant fusillade of drums, bass playing where Thundercat’s fingers don’t seem to rest on the strings of his six-string bass long enough for a note to be played, but played it is.

(© Patrick Young)
Most people came to Thundercat from one direction from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly or another, through Kamasi Washington’s The Epic and those are useful touchstones as the show ranges between soul and very modern jazz. Even the ballads, which start as a respite from all the sound and fury, manage to blow up into free jazz. I’m not sure that the young ‘uns in the hall (and there were hundreds of them - hundreds! at a jazz gig!!), knew that free jazz was what they were getting but they were. At several times during the evening the trio would take off in different directions, complex keyboard lines would be matched with knotty bass playing and a rattling fury from the drums. It was a long show of two hours without a break but absolutely tremendous.

The merchandise stall had the usual LPs and T-shirts or, if you wanted to wear Thundercat at home you could buy a kimono for 200 quid. Perhaps local bassists, Messrs Champion and Pope, should explore something similarly sartorial for their next gigs. Dave Sayer

1 comment :

John Pope said...

I have frequently been known to wear a kimono onstage, although my inspiration comes from NYC free jazz legend William Parker rather than Thundercat. Mine didn’t cost £200 though…

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