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16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Sunday night @ the Globe: Art Themen w. the Dean Stockdale Trio - April 21

(© Ken Drew)
Art Themen (tenor/soprano sax); Dean Stockdale (piano); Mick Shoulder (bass); Abbie Finn (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax).

In the ten years of its existence the Jazz Co.op - often, like tonight, in conjunction with Jazz North East - has put on many great gigs at the Globe to the extent that it's impossible to draw up a league table. However, if I was foolish enough to attempt that daunting task then last night's concert by Art Themen and the Dean Stockdale Trio would certainly be in contention for a Champions League place, maybe even outright winners.

It was that good!

Thoughts of the 27 bus were banished. I'd get the last one, I wasn't going to miss a single note, chord or rim shot.

(© Ken Drew)
Themen, probably the last survivor of that golden era of British tenor saxophonists spawned by such as Don Rendell, Tommy Whittle, Ronnie Scott and Tubby Hayes that lead to Don Weller and Bobby Wellins, kept a packed house enthralled. Nobody walked out although, if the gig hadn't sold out in advance many more would have, like love, walked in.

And love was what it was all about. Soloist to band to audience and back again, love was in the air.

Humour too. Art Themen can join those who, in between the serious act of playing can also add a degree of levity. Ronnie Scott, Humph and Alan Barnes had/has it and so has Art. Prior to playing Jerome Kern's I'm Old Fashioned he remarked on Kern's distaste for having his tunes 'jazzed up' and that if there were any strange noises during his solo it would be the composer turning in his grave. Guess what? We heard some strange noises!

However, entertaining as the inter-round summaries were, it was the music that won the day. Good tunes indelibly stamped with the saxist's signature and countersigned by the trio came across as being as original as any original ever did.

Noel Coward's Mad About the Boy is usually only heard in jazz circles when sung by female singers although, as Themen pointed out, it was matinee idol Tyrone Power who inspired Coward's words and music.

(© Ken Drew)
On tenor, his sound and technique seemed to cover the history of the instrument from Hawkins to Ayler, Trane and beyond. He drove down to subterranean depths and soared with glissando sweeps up to where the air was rarefied. On soprano it was what Sidney Bechet may have sounded like if he'd been born 50 years later. When local hero Harry Keeble sat in for a couple of numbers the contrasting tenor styles brought to mind Ronnie, Tubbs and the Jazz Couriers. The boy done good!

In fact the whole band did good on their generously allotted solos and the praise  showered on them by the guest was more than a mere token gesture.

Congratulations to both Jazz North East and the Globe for a memorable evening. Lance

Hanky Panky; Forest Flower; I've Never Been in Love Before; Cheesecake; I Let a Song go Out of my Heart; Mad About the Boy; Country; I'm Old Fashioned; A Felicidade; Tenor Madness.


Ros Rigby said...

Great review and it was lovely to see you there Lance! It was one of those gigs that remind you why you love the music - and musicians like these!

Ken Drew said...

Spot on, Lance. Yes, a fabulous night with great playing together with insighful humour from Art the incomparable compere. The band's interplay was nicely shared, and appreciated both on and off the stage, with the addition of Harry for a couple of tunes making a fine sparing partner for the front man. Altogether a brilliant night, with the added bonus of Neil Ferber (founder and promoter of Appleby Jazz for 18 years) being in the audience too, bringing back memories of those heady Festival weekends, yet still sounding as fresh as ever.

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