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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 ...


Fri 19: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. 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: Luis Verde with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.
Fri 19: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Hendon, Sunderland. 7:30pm.

Sat 20: Snake Davis & Helen Watson Duo @ Chopwell Community Centre NE17 7HZ. 7:30pm. £17.50.

Sun 21: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 21: Salty Dog @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 21: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 21: The Big Easy @ The White Room, Stanley. 5:00pm.
Sun 21: Ben Crosland Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

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

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: 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.

Friday, July 19, 2024

Theo Croker @ the Glasshouse, Gateshead - July 18

Theo Croker (trumpet, vocals, electronics);  Mike King (keys/piano); Eric Wheeler (bass); Jaylen Petinaud (drums)

It was with a sense of trepidation that I approached the entrance to Sage Two at the Glasshouse. The prophets of doom had warned me that it would be beyond my comprehension. 

Age-wise it was a more varied audience than usually turns up at a jazz gig and my antiquity showed when I presented a paper ticket as opposed to my phone. The word Luddite sprung to my mind as I sheepishly made my way in.

The audience knew what they were here for and whooped and hollered before a note had been blown in anger. I, Luddite that I am, allowed myself a polite hand-clap.

Brad Linde's Continentals @ The Globe, Newcastle - July 18

Brad Linde (alto sax); Eli Thayer (guitar); Duncan Kremer (double bass); Nemo Ganguli (drums)

Brad Linde was making a first visit to Britain. This Newcastle Jazz Co-op gig, sandwiched between a week long run of dates in Scotland and a London appearance, attracted  a fair few regulars and a party all the way from North Carolina. The 'international' audience knew its Konitz from its Coleman, Frisell and co. 

The trio (Linde biding his time at the bar) opened without fanfare. An unannounced first number, very Frisellian, showcased the guitar playing of Linde's fellow countryman Eli Thayer. Currently based in Glasgow, Thayer's approach to his instrument placed him firmly in the improviser's camp, so much so he could have stepped out of the ranks of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. 

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Greg Abate @ the Lescar, Sheffield - July 17

Greg Abate (alto sax); Nick Mantz (keys); James Owston (bass); Euan Palmer (drums) 

I have visited the Lescar on at least one other occasion which was to see US guitar legend Mundell Lowe who appeared alongside my friend Trefor Owen. However, this was a long time ago and I have a feeling the Lescar may have been situated at a different location to its present one. 

When I had a car, my last day driving was returning from a Clark Tracey gig at the Meadows in Sheffield. I well remember it was a hairy drive home along the unlit Snake Pass. Sheffield, like its close neighbour Leeds, has long been a great jazz town but, on this occasion, getting there proved to be extremely diificult due to many factors but it involved  things like non-exsistent hotel bookings, getting in and out of taxis, having to change coaches at Leeds, the list goes on but I won’t bore you with further details.

Album review: Pat Metheny - MoonDial (BMG)

Pat Metheny (nylon strung Linda Manzer baritone guitar)

This isn't the first time that Metheny has recorded on a baritone guitar crafted by luthier Linda Manzer. Previous albums, One Quiet Night (2003) and What's it All About? (2011) featured the instrument. However, the guitar on this one is different owing to the use of a new kind of nylon string made in Argentina enabling him to use a tuning system he has previously only been able to set up using steel strings.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Album review: Norma Winstone & Kit Downes - Outpost of Dreams (ECM)

Norma Winstone (voice); Kit Downes (piano)

Although there are only two performers on this thought-provoking ECM album there is so much going on that it is nigh on impossible to fully comprehend the meaningful music being created.

That Norma Winstone has the purist toned voice of any singer on today's jazz scene is a fact, a done deal. Despite having been active as a vocalist/lyricist for circa 60 years, unlike many singers, the voice has never lost its signature purity or the pitch-perfect delivery that is rarely heard outside of the Royal Opera House whilst her lyrics are poetry of the highest order.

The Just Friends Black Swan jam session - July 16

Alan Law (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Abbie Finn (drums) + Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Conor Emery (trombone); Kate O'Niell (vocals); Edgar Bell (cornet); Dan Potter (drums); Liam Oliver (guitar); John Rowland (tenor sax); Daisy (vocals); Esther Coombes (clarinet, alto sax); Lisa (vocals); Theo Nolan (drums); Ian Drever (vocals); Patrick (guitar); Ian White (tenor sax); David Gray (trombone, trumpet); Remy Coulthard Boardman (vocals) 

The rain hammered down. What's new? Turning into the courtyard of Newcastle Arts Centre, pools of water stood everywhere. Splish! Splash! No one but no one would venture out tonight, would they? Mine host, Kay, took pity on the bedraggled, opening the doors half an hour before the advertised time. 

Album review: Louis Stewart & Jim Hall (Livia Records LRCD 2402*)

Jim Hall, Louis Stewart (guitars)

I posted the press release to this album on July 12 so, to save me dishing up a mish-mash of the background to this 1982 Dublin concert go HERE.

Every word that the folk at Livia put out is true. This is more than an excellent guitar album, although it is most certainly that, it's also an album that can stand alongside any jazz recording irrespective of instrumentation or performer.

Stella by Starlight has both guitarists feeding off each other: solos and supportive chords, interchanging roles, dual lines crisscrossing like on a Bach fugue or a piece by the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Album review: Veronica Thomas - They Say It's Wonderful (Nica Carrington Productions)

Veronica Thomas (vocals); John Proux (piano, vocal on tk 12); Mike Gurrola (bass); Kevin van den Elzen (drums); Bob Sheppard (flute, soprano/tenor saxes).

Thomas' debut album. Well, er, actually it's her second except that for her previous album, Times Like These (reviewed HERE) her moniker was Nica Carrington. Confused? Me too. However, the name of the record label offers a clue (see heading) and if you skip down to the lower graphic all will be revealed.

Still Veronica or Nica, Thomas or Carrington, what's in a name? At the end of the day she could be called Fanlight Fanny and it wouldn't detract from the voice which is absolutely delightful and there's the rub. NYC where she now lives and LA where the album was recorded is awash with vocalists who have voices that are absolutely delightful. Other parts of the world too.

The Nathan Lawson Trio @ Blaydon Jazz Club - July 15

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Nathan Lawson (guitar); James Birkett (guitar); Neil Harland (double bass)

The Black Bull, Monday evening. For once the weather played fair, perhaps tempting any waverers to head to Bridge Street, Blaydon. At eight o'clock Nathan Lawson took to the stage with former mentor James Birkett and bassist Neil Harland. For the jazz guitar buff there was only one place to be and that was right here at the Black Bull.

Just Friends opened the programme. How appropriate! The Black Bull's welcoming lounge accommodated a healthy turn out, there to listen to some fine guitar playing. Faces old and new (the latter an encouraging sign) were as one, listening intently to not one but two marvellous guitarists with the bonus of having Neil Harland on the gig. Jimmy Van Heusen's I Thought About You, Jobim's bossa classic Wave, choice material, Nathan, James and Neil at the top of their collective game. Dream a Little Dream of MeHow High the Moon, non-stop musical excellence.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Press release: Sentient Beings – Truth is Not the Enemy (Discus Music)

Faith Brackenbury (violin, viola); John O’Gallagher (alto sax); John Pope (bass); Tony Bianco (drums)

A set of  high intensity free jazz interactions captured live at The Vortex, London in early 2024. Brackenbury and Bianco have worked together as a duo for a number of years and this is their third Discus Music release, following their opening fire music statement Rising Up (112CD) and the mystical Hildegard von Bingen + Coltrane inspired Wayward Mystic (140CD). 
The addition of Pope and O’Gallagher expands the duo into a formidable improvising quartet.

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