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13,715 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1132 of them this year alone and, so far, 76 this month (Sept. 21).

From This Moment On ...

September

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall 8:00pm. .
Thu 23: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside, Gateshead. 8:30pm. .

Fri 24: Perdido Street Jazzmen (with Frank Brooker reeds, Eugene Farrar trombone, Brian Bennett banjo & Phil Rutherford sousaphone) @ Darlington Market Square, Darlington. 11:00am.
Fri 24: Sue Ferris Quintet @ Gala Theatre, Durham. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 24: FILM: Jazz on a Summer's Day + Swing Bridge Trio (in the bar) @ Forum Cinema, Hexham. 7:00pm.

Sat 25: Silent Music Seeing Sound + Spinningwork @ Newcastle Arts Centre. 6:30pm. Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music (NFOJIM).
Sat 25: Knats @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 26: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. .
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. .
Sun 26: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. .
Sun 26: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:00pm.
Sun 26: Sax Appeal @ The Blue Bell, Hill Street, Corbridge NE45 5AA. 4:30pm. Free. .
Sun 26: David Gray Flextet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: Nubiyan Twist @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: Mainly Two @ Newcastle University. 1:15pm. ONLINE ONLY (YouTube).
Thu 30: Shiver + Run Logan Run @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 8:00pm. NFOJIM.
Thu 30: Jeremy McMurray & the Jazz Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Genmaicha | Patchwork Jazz Orchestra (in isolation)


(Press release)
Patchwork Jazz Orchestra – The Light That Shines
SPARK 009
https://sparklabel.bandcamp.com/album/the-light-that-shines

As a result of Covid-19 lockdown measures, lives, places of work and entire industries have dramatically changed all over the world. Things that were once deemed unachievable are being proven to be possible - in this case recording a big band record entirely remotely, with every musician in their own separate home. Patchwork Jazz Orchestra has brought together our musicians from all over the UK to remotely record "The Light that Shines" - an EP dedicated to everyone battling this virus on the frontline.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

CD Review: Tom Green Septet - Tipping Point

Tom Green (trombone); James Davison (trumpet/flugel); Tommy Andrew (alto/soprano sax); Sam Miles (tenor sax); Sam James (piano); Misha Mullov-Abbado (bass); Scott Chapman (drums).
(Review by Lance)

What with just about every other gig getting cancelled there is an upside. If you are going to be confined to barracks, in-between washing your hands and watching people on TV reminding you to do just that, you could take time out to catch up on your old albums or maybe check out some new stuff.

Tipping Point slots easily into the latter category although, in a blindfold test, it could easily be mistaken for an overlooked album by Mingus, Miles, Wayne Shorter... but no! - this is very much an album for today and tomorrow. A few years back I'd have sworn on The Bible (DownBeat) that this was an American band of big hitters. Well it is a band of big hitters but they are British. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tom Green Septet @ Jazz Café - Feb. 24

Tom Green (tmb); James Davison (tpt/flug); Tommy Andrews(alt/sop); Sam Miles (ten); Sam James (pno); Misha Mullov-Abbado (bs); Scott Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance/photos courtesy of Ken Drew).
After hearing the Tom Green Septet's album Skyline  earlier this year (it was in the shake-up for January's CD of the month) I knew there was no way I was going to miss this JNE/Schmazz gig at the Jazz Café.
I wasn't disappointed!
Too much to describe in detail but the arrangements and compositions were varied and imaginative in their successful amalgamation of mood in both ensembles and solos. Picture playing the CD in your bedroom at a volume that would have the neighbours banging on the wall - that's what it was like within the confines of "The Caff's" upper room except these neighbours weren't banging on the wall.
They were clapping their hands and shouting for more!

Friday, January 09, 2015

CD Review: Tom Green Septet - Skyline.

Tom Green (tmb); James Davison (tpt/flug); Matthew Herd (alt/sop); Sam Miles (ten); Sam James (pno); Misha Mullov-Abbado (bs); Scott Chapman (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Imagine the Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool band 65 years on, having discovered the elixir of youth, and selectively absorbed many of the innovations that had taken place along the way. That would bring you close - but nowhere near close enough to describe this album!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

CD Review: Patchwork Jazz Orchestra - The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes

(Review by Lance)

There are big band albums and there are BIG BAND ALBUMS! this one comes into the latter category although don't expect to find Glenn Miller emerging from the English Channel covered in seaweed! No, this is very much a large ensemble meeting the standard of today's contemporary players. However, don't get me wrong, this is no pet shop fire group and yet, nor is it a swing band. It's a band that swings to today's rhythm, the pulse of life whether it be to the office or the job centre is totally encapsulated.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CD Review: Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra - Weapons of Mass Distraction

Call me old-fashioned, not just because I love the moonlight, but because I tend to go along with (most of the time) Duke's maxim that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. 
From the opening bars of Screaming Ab Dabs I knew that, even without any do-wah-do-wah- do wahs, this had that swing.
21st-century swing that is - timeless swing. The rhythms may not be the chug chug chug of long ago but the essential pulse is there irrespective of the meter. As the man once said, "If you gotta ask..."
Sharking in the Chalet (don't ask!) has a TV cop show feel about it with some fine piano from Tom Millar, fluent soprano from Tommy Andrews and an ensemble licensed to kill.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

CD Review: Better Than TV - Late

David Burgoyne (pno); Ed Blake (dms); Gavin Spence (tpt/flug); Sergio Contrino (bs); Tom Green (tmb).
(Review by Lance).
I'll hold my hand up high and confess that I'd never heard of Better Than TV until this disc slid through the letterbox of my modest 3 up 2 down -. probably because I haven't been in Cambridge recently. On the strength of this, their debut CD, maybe Cambridge would be a good place to hang out. I like the band name even though it could be equally applied to the Maria Schneider Orchestra or those two Romanian guys who busk around Newcastle.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

CD Review: Misha Mullov-Abbado - New Ansonia

Misha Mullov-Abbado (db bs.); Matthew Herd (alt); Tom Green (tmb); Jacob Collier (pno); Scott Chapman (dms) + James Davison (tpt/flug - 2 tks); Nick Goodwin (gtr - 2 tks); Viktoria Mullova (vln - 1 tk); Matthew Barley (cello - 1 tk).
(Review by Lance).
At first glance I suspected that I would be passing this one on to some of our outfielders. However, upon listening, it became obvious that I couldn't have been more wrong!
Mullov-Abbado, son of an Italian conductor and a Russian violinist, merges his classical upbringing with an eastern ethnic feel and a very much contemporary jazz approach, The writing brings to mind such disparate composers as Ellington; Gil Evans and Charles Mingus. The latter is very much in evidence, not only as the late bassist was, but as he might have been were he still with us.

Friday, January 30, 2015

CD of the Month (January)

As usual there has been no shortage of CDs for review this month and, in any other month, just about each and every one could have got the nod.
As it is, my choice goes to
The Jeff Hamilton Trio - Great American Songs (Capri Records).
Closely followed in no particular order by
Kenny Wheeler - Songs For Quintet (ECM).
Tom Green Septet - Skyline * (Spark).
Alex Garnett - Andromeda (Whirlwind).
Wildflower Sextet - Wildflower. (Jellymould).
These are purely my choices, I'm sure our other reviewers/readers will have their own ideas so please let us have them.
Lance.
* The Tom Green Septet are at the Jazz Café (Newcastle) on Tuesday Feb. 24.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Darrell Green Quintet live streaming from Small's, NYC - Feb. 12

Camille Thurman (tenor sax, vocals); Wallace Roney Jr (trumpet); Marvin Sewell (guitar); Tom DiCarlo (double bass); Darrell Green (drums)

Another night at Small's. It's small, it's without an audience. It's strange, of course it is, but it hasn't always been like this and hopefully it won't be too long before the Greenwich Village venue returns to something like normal. This evening drummer Darrell Green brought in a five piece band - two horns, guitar, bass and drums. 

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

NUJO Small Combo @ The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University - Dec 5

Matt Green (alto sax); Tom Alcorn (trumpet); Tom McDonald (trombone); James Cuxson (guitar); Jack Deere-Jones (bass guitar); Archie Williamson (drums)
(Review by Russell)

Exploding Collage is a series of three exhibitions inspired by Kurt Schwitters' Merzbarn*. Three contemporary artists are currently exploring the twentieth-century avant-garde response to the collage art form. Today's musical happenings in the Hatton Gallery were, supposedly, an attempt to create an immersive, improvised response to the gallery's artworks.  

Let's forget the premise and get to the jazz. The lunchtime concert began a little late...they are students, you know! The six-piece combo, drawn from the ranks of Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra, was about to get things underway when its MD, guitarist James Cuxson, went in search of an amp. The ready-to-go quintet decided to play Autumn Leaves

Sunday, October 21, 2012

CD Review: The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra - Christmas Time is Here.

Mark Tucker or Tim Green, David King (alt); Greg Tardy, William Boyd (ten/clt); Tom Johnson (bar/ bs. clt); Michael Wyatt, Stewart Cox, Michael Spirko, Tom Cox, Vance Thompson (tpts); Tom Lunberg, Don Hough, Chris Mac Tavish, Brad McDougall (tmbs); Robert Owen, Jeffrey Whaley, Mark Harrell, Mitzi Hall (fr. horn); Sande MacMorran (tub); Bill Swann (pno); Dan Trudell (org); Rusty Holloway (bs); Keith Brown (dms); Bob Adamcik (perc); Jill Andrews, Kelle Jolle,  + choirs.
(Review by Lance)
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, so please put a CD in the old man's hat.
When this disc arrived it reminded me that there were but 65 bopping days to Christmas and I hadn't even picked out a turkey!

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Album review: Jamess Copus - Dusk

James Copus (trumpet/flugel/voice); Tom Cawley (piano/synth); Conor Chaplin (bass); Jason Brown (drums).

Looking back through the archives of BSH I find that I first heard Copus in the NYJO trumpet section in 2012 at the Scarborough Jazz Festival. I must confess, no lasting impression was made back then. Well it was a vintage year for the band and just some of the stars to emerge were Louis Dowdeswell, Tom Dennis, Tom Green, Rob Luft and Conor Chaplin who is also on this album.

However, subsequent hearings since have left me in no doubt as to his capabilities. In one review I referred to him as a more exciting trumpet player than Miles. Strong words, I know, but I stand by them and listening to this latest recording only serves to reinforce my opinion.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Scarborough Jazz Festival September 29 - Evening.

National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Helen Wilson (fl); Phil Meadows, Jim Gold (alt); Nadim Teimoori, Riley Stone-Lonergon (ten); Simon Marsh (bar); Louis Dowdswell, Tom Syson, Nick Dewhurst, Tom Dennis, James Copus (tpt); Ralph Clarkson, Maddy Dowdswell, Tom Green, Chris Valentine, James Buckle (tmb); Dave Drake (pno); Rob Luft (gtr); Conor Chaplin (bs); Felix Higginbottom (perc); Scott Chapman (dms); Emma Smith (vcls); Mark Armstrong (md) + Tim Garland (ten/sop).
Ellington's Rockin' in Rhythm got NYJO off to a swinging start with pianist Drake doing the Dukish type introduction. before the band hit it with a whole lot 0f power. The Cat Anderson-like finale from a trumpet player whose name I didn't catch added a touch of authenticity to the arrangement.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

CD Review: Tom Syson Sextet - Green.

Tom Syson (trumpet); Vittorio Mura (tenor); Ben Lee (guitar); David Ferris (piano); Pete Hutchison (bass); Jonathan Silk (drums) + Lauren Kinsella (vocal on 1 track).
(Review by Lance).
Syson is quite an amazing young trumpet player. A product of the Birmingham Conservatoroire that is currently rolling them out by the dozen, Syson must surely be listed in the 'Most Likely to Succeed' category. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Group Theory @ The Jazz Co-op, The Globe, Newcastle - November 23

Dan Garel (alto saxophone); Tom Burgess (guitar); Dylan Purches (bass) & Tristan Bacon (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Group Theory emerged from a jazz hothouse in the heart of Durham city. Durham University and the ever quirky Empty Shop on Framwellgate Bridge are key elements in a burgeoning jazz scene to be found, and heard, in Dunelm House (Students’ Union), the Music Department up on Palace Green, the Gala Theatre, the county-wide Brass Festival, and the new Durham Jazz Festival with its many unusual venues which in its first year included a gig in a barber’s shop.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Jazz Café Jam - February 17

I arrived at "The Caff"" only to find the "Press Box" and other ringside seats occupied and unfortunately found myself relegated to the "Talking Area"! So, as such, a proper review is impossible therefore I'll content myself to a few observations.
Although disappointed at not being among the action what I did hear sounded good - indeed my fellow scribe, Russell, considered this the best ever Tuesday Jam at the Pink Lane Hot House and he could well be right.
A welcome return to Newcastle by Claire Kelly whose travels read like a catalogue of the Crosby/Hope Road films and she did look a bit like Dorothy Lamour and sung even better!

Monday, November 18, 2013

London Jazz Festival: Gareth Lockrane Big Band @ Spice of Life. November 17.

Gareth Lockrane (flutes); Nigel Hitchcock, Sam Mayne, Graeme Blevins, Nadim Teimoori, Richard Shepherd (saxes); Steve Fishwick, Henry Collins,Tom Walsh, Nick Smart(trumpets); Nichol Thomson,Tom Green, Callum Au, Barry Clements (trombones); Ross Stanley (piano); Ryan Trebilcock (bass) Matt Skelton (drums); Jez Wiles (percussion); Mike Outram (guitar).
(Review by Lance).
The Spice was rapidly filling up and the only seat I could get was about a metre from the band. I thanked my lucky stars the trombones weren't at the front otherwise I'd have had a slide up my nose! Mind you, such was the calibre of the trombones I would have worn the slide with pride!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Customs House Big Band with Ruth Lambert @ All Saints' Church, Cleadon. December 7th.

Peter Morgan (MD & bass trombone), Ruth Lambert (vocals), Paul Riley-Gledhill, Michael Lamb, Ken de Vere, Kevin Eland (trumpets), Gareth Weaver, Chris Gurgi-Smith, Michael Fletcher (trombones), Jill Brett & Elaine Willis (alto saxophones), Alan Marshall & Tom Quillian (tenor saxophones), Bill Brittain (piano), Roy Willis (guitar),Tom Pattison (bass), David Francis (drums) The Parish Hall of All Saint's Church in Cleadon can best be described as ''homely''. In the Late 2010 Ice Age it was a pleasure to be seated with a warming cup of coffee amidst baubles and tinsel. The stage was somewhat crowded before the band assembled. Two Christmas trees flanked the rhythm section resulting in the other band sections having little option but to set up on the floor of the hall.
The opener, In the Mood, did just that - it got the audience in the mood. Now this isn't usually a tune I'd wax lyrical about, however, on this occasion you should have heard the trumpet section - wow! They were on the money from the off.
Basie's Ya Gotta Try is a tune to talk about (make that any Basie tune). Tenor duo Alan Marshall and Tom Quillian traded on this one and it was but a taste of things to come. Tunes came thick and fast.
The introduction of vocalist Ruth Lambert raised the temperature to Fever pitch. Lambert's versatility was evident with a change in tempo on a beautiful reading of Embraceable You. An instrumental version of Stardust, a favourite, apparently, of altoist Jill Brett, was given a different treatment by the band in that it was taken at a brisker tempo. Do I hear cries of sacrilege? I think I would agree!
Now then, talking of taking things at a lick, Old Man River was just the business. It flew with drummer David Francis in command throughout - great stuff. Witchcraft demonstrated the band's excellent ensemble playing with Jill Brett featured. The inevitable intrusion of all things festive into the world of big band jazz closed out the first set. My Bah Humbug tendencies were about to be exposed but I need not have worried. MD Peter Morgan produced Stan Kenton's arrangement of Twelve Days of Christmas. This was more than alright! This was typical SK, full of strange, colourful voicings. An hour had flown by.
It was time for mince pies, wine and other delights. Interval raffle prizes were numerous and I won one!
Second set highlights were many. Tuxedo Junction featured the brass muting and plunging with Bill Basie Brittain and Roy Freddie Green Willis prominent as tenor man Tom Quillian scorched a bluesy solo. Messrs Brittain and Willis came up trumps again on Jersey Bounce as trumpeter Kevin Eland fired an exhilarating volley into the stratosphere.
Ms.Lambert returned to the stage to sing some Cole Porter. Microphone fixed on stand, Lambert looked a million dollars, the epitome of the big band era singer. Night and Day (what a tune!) and My Heart Belongs to Daddy were a delight, so too, Almost Like Being in Love with singer and band at full tilt.
Big band composers/arrangers were included in the set list - Bill Holman (Bright Eyes), Gordon Goodwin (arr. O Tannenbaum) and the Customs House Big Band's very own Bill Brittain (arr. Let it Snow).
To conclude, two other vocal higlights - Lambert sang Santa Baby (afterwards she asked me if I'd enjoyed it. Ruth - that really is a silly question!!!) and for an encore belted out Alright, Okay,You Win. The latter had me thinking that Lambert duetting with the late, great Joe Williams would have been something else!
Peter Morgan's band has developed into a most accomplished outfit and if there is more to come then big band fans are in for a treat. The next opportunity to catch the band is on Tuesday 1st February at the New Crown Hotel in South Shields. It is an open rehearsal session starting at 8:00 pm. Admission is free and the beers aren't too bad at all. The band's next concert performance is on Thursday 10th March at Blaydon Jazz Club. Check with Bebop Spoken Here nearer the time for details. Russell.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra Jam Session @ Bar Loco - October 18

NUJO's first jam session of the new academic year and the place was crammed. A battalion of bright young things drinking like there was no tomorrow, sorry, studying hard (see photo of a study desk inexplicably littered with empties), this was a 'social' as much as a jazz gig.  

President Tom McDonald has knocked the NUJO boys and girls into some kind of shape so that they broadly resemble a big band. 

Enthusiasm by the bucket load, trombonist Tom and bandmate Matt Green whipped up Bar Loco's partying crowd and counted in the ever-changing band line-up. 

Lullaby of Birdland, former Jamboner Kate Garnett bold as a shiny brass trombone on My Funny Valentine, a debuting vocalist emboldened by a bottle of house white singing Billy Taylor's I Wish I Knew, NUJO blew for fun in a fun, party atmosphere.

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