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16590 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 483 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (July 14).

From This Moment On ...

July

Tue 23: Nomade Swing Trio @ Newcastle House Hotel, Rothbury. 7:30pm. £10.00. Tickets from Tully’s of Rothbury or at the door (cash only). A Coquetdale Jazz event.

Wed 24: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 24: Nomade Swing Trio @ Café Needles Eye, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. 6:00pm. Reservations: 01670 641224.
Wed 24: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 24: The Ronnie Scott’s Story @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Wed 24: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 24: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Thu 25: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 25: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Garry Hadfield (keys); Noel Dennis (tpt); Richie Emmerson (tenor sax); Adrian Beadnell (bass).
Thu 25: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Fri 26: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 26: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 26: Bailiwick + Sleep Suppressor + Christie/Chan @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors 6:30pm). ‘Experimental evening of jazz, punk and jazz-punk’.
Fri 26: Nomade Swing Trio @ Repas7 by Night, Berwick. 7:30pm. Free.
Fri 26: Stuart Turner @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Fri 26: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Fri 26: Bold Big Band @ Old Coal Yard, Byker, Newcastle. 9:30pm. A Newcastle Fringe Festival event.

Sat 27: BBC Proms: BBC Introducing stage @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 12 noon. Free. Line-up inc. Nu Groove (2:00pm); Abbie Finn Trio (2:50pm); Dilutey Juice (3:50pm); SwanNek (5:00pm); Rivkala (6:00pm).
Sat 27: Nomade Swing Trio @ Billy Bootlegger’s, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sat 27: Mississippi Dreamboats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sat 27: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sat 27: Theon Cross + Knats @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 10:00pm. £22.00. BBC Proms: BBC Introducing Stage (Sage Two). A late night gig.

Sun 28: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 28: Miss Jean & the Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Fonteyn Ballroom, Dunelm House (Durham Students’ Union), Durham. 2:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.
Sun 28: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, Union Quay, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Nomade Swing Trio @ Red Lion, Alnmouth. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 28: Jazz Jam Sandwich! @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 28: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 28: Milne Glendinning Band @ Cafédral, Owengate, Durham. 9:00pm. £9.00. & £6.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event.

Mon 29: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 30: ???

Wed 31: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 31: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 31: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Monday, July 08, 2024

Sunday night @ the Globe: Russ Morgan Quartet - July 7

© Ken Drew
Russ Morgan (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Mark Williams (guitar); Andy Champion (bass)

They came to bury Caesar and bury him they did - with rapturous applause. Had this been Ancient Rome he would have entered encased  in a purple robe, carrying an ivory encrusted sceptre and wearing a laurel crown. However, as this was present day Newcastle he would have made his way along Railway Street, carrying a matching pair of finest hickory drumsticks, to the city's equivalent of London's Frith Street where he would be presented with the highest of  'the toon's' civic awards - a virtual number 9 shirt.

Yes, Russ Morgan was back.

Morgan had been off the scene for several years but now he was back with an unbeatable team ready to take on the world.

An out of town try-out at Blaydon Jazz Club in April (see HERE) served to whet the appetite for those who wanted more as well as those who hadn't been able to make the trip way out west. The packed room wasn't disappointed.

© Ken Drew
Metheny's John McKie kick-started the set: drum intro, snippets from guitar and tenor before the solos were unleashed. Like boxers in the first round they were feeling each other out, assessing the audience, wracking up the points.

I didn't catch the name of the next piece, It was a composition by one of Russ's old sparring partners bassist, cum clergyman, Reverend Andrew Brown. More impressive solos. John Scofield's Don't Shoot the Messenger came as close to a piece of swing as we were going to get.

Then came the the killer punch to end the round, sorry I meant 'the set'. Kenny Garrett's Wayne's Thang saw any inhibitions dispensed with. Mark Williams led the charge - he was, even by his standards, phenomenal! Not to be outdone, young Keeble defied his relatively tender years with a kickass solo that had the rafters ringing followed by the still undefeated champion, Andy Champion, drawing the crowd's approval with a showboating solo before the bossman himself took the spotlight and the number ended with a a few false endings that had the audience, after being caught out a couple of times, unsure when to applaud.

I was breathless!

The second set began with a couple of Jim Hall numbers: Frisell Frazzle and Grand Slam the latter being a very clever arrangement with lots of subtleties However, the next explosion was John Abercrombie's Jumpin' In. This was WWIII set to music. It deceivingly began with a gentle, almost danceable, swing that mellowed into a probing, dreamy mystical mood before the tension gradually built, the volume increased and the room ignited like a four-alarm fire. Four different voices moving in four different directions and yet, miraculously finding unity out of disunity. My heart was beating faster than the bass, louder than the drums, tighter than a guitar string, higher than the harmonics from the tenor - is there a defibrillator in the house? And then, suddenly, all was calm, it had been a safe landing.

Julian Nicholas' 1000 Ships, a groovy romp on Marc Johnson's Union Pacific and, finally, Shorter's Yes or No brought an amazing gig to a close.

Simply the best and thank you Jazz North East and the Globe for making it possible. Lance

2 comments :

Sylvia said...

A truly excellent gig…I didn’t want it to end…A triumphant return of one of the most musical drummers on the scene…with a great team behind him…Hope we see them again soon!

Pam said...

This band are awsome ...an overused term these days but honestly absolutly top class form!
We saw them in Blaydon and were blown away on that occasion but last night they surpassed their own genius...make sure you catch them wherever they play next.Pam and Dave

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