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13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Student Performances @ King's Hall, Newcastle University.

John Law played solo piano at lunchtime in the King's Hall (I couldn't be there - if someone reading this attended the performance - how about a review?) and later in the afternoon it was the turn of some of the many talented student musicians attending Newcastle University to take the spotlight. Arriving just in time to hear applause for the all female Clarinet Quartet it was a treat to hear them play Dave Brubeck's Blue Rondo a la Turk. The must-hear combo was Hannabiell & Midnight Blue. The band was introduced by a course lecturer as ''the inimitable'' Hannabiell & Midhnight Blue. How true! Bass trombone dynamo Hannabiell Saunders produced another all action (all too short) set as vocalist, percussionist and of course big sounding trombone star. Mainstay percussionist Yilis del Carmen Suriel and tenor saxophonist Helen Papioannou are key members of the band and were in the groove from the off. The boys in the rhythm section (vibes, electric bass and drums) funked as required. Hannabiell can be heard next week - Wednesday 11th May - in a double bill with folk star Nuala Kennedy at the Head of Steam in Newcastle (8:00 pm - folk jam session, 9:30 pm - bands perform, 12 midnight - dj (until 1:00 am). Admission: £7.00. (£5.00. NUS card holders). Russell

Maine Street Jazzmen (more or less) @ Rosies.

Iain MacAullay (tmb/vcl); Jim McBriarty (clt/vcl); George Richardson (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Mike Humble (dms); Olive Rudd (vcl). Herbie still sunning it in Turkey, Ray clouding it on on the banks of the Tees, the jazzers of Maine Street were once again depleted. To make matters worse we had Iain on trombone! Don't get me wrong - Iain is a fine trombone player as will be mentioned later but I can never work out how to spell his surname! I've only just come to grips with his first name! Nevertheless, spellings apart, I have to commend him on the fine solo he took on Somebody Loves Me (someone in the audience asked him to be more specific!) it was absolutely spot on. His vocal on that number wasn't bad either. Jim too shone throughout on both clarinet and vox humana whilst George Richardson brings a touch of modernism to the proceedings. Alan and Mike too were solid as ever with a couple of nice bass soloes from the former. Olive slipped in a 'new' one - The Frim Fram Sauce (does anyone know what kind of delicasy the chafaffas are?). Excellent Olive - keep it in the pad! Lance.

Offshore 44 is the place to be tonight

Just a reminder that tonight's inaugral Jazz and Jam Session at Offshore 44 down on the Quayside (opp. Guildhall next to Bessie Surtees old place) is a farewell party for David Carnegie - drummer and keyboardist, bandleader/composer/arranger etc who is returning to Barbados. It is anticipated that anyone who is anyone on the jazz scene will be there so it should be quite an evening. Admission this week is free so please come down and wish bon voyage to a great guy and a great musician.
Lance.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Hartlepool Big Band Sessions Resume.

The Hartlepool Big Band who recently lost their home base when The Studio went pear-shaped have found a new venue for their popular Sunday lunchtime sessions - The Park Hotel, Park Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland TS26 9HU. 01429 274287. Lance.
(Thanks to Miles and perhaps also Tony for this info.)

Customs House Big Band - Open Rehearsal @ New Crown South Shields. May 3.

The band were preparing for their forthcoming concert at Spennymoor Settlement on May 14 where they are presenting a programme of Basie, Gershwin and Cole Porter, the Cole Porter not a coal porter (Ronnie Scott gag book circa 1964). They sorted out Gorgeous George & The Count Is Back, two orignals by Jim Martin, I Got Rhythm with some beautiful trombone by Chris Gurji-Smith and Bill Brittain gave his all in The Kid From Redbank.

The concert set was started with Hay Burner, Ruth Lambert sang Embraceable You, Sammy Nestico's Warm Breeze followed with solos by Bill on piano, Chris on trombone, Alan Marshall, tenor and Michael Lamb trumpet. A band version of the seldom heard ballad Long Ago and Far Away was followed by Ruth's Summertime, then the band with Nestico's Fun Time before Ruth and the band closed with I've Got You Under My Skin. I don't know how they do it but the band has that wonderful laid back Basie feel these days (it must be talent and practice). The good Burghers (is that how you spell it?) of Spennymoor are in for a treat.
Miles

Michael Janisch's Paradigm Shift Concept this Friday at the Lit and Phil, Newcastle

As a taster for those who are as yet undecided about attending Jazz North East's concert at the Lit and Phil by Michael Janisch's Paradigm Concept they could do worse than read the band's trumpet player Jason Palmer's comments on the tour so far which culminates at the L and P on Friday. Jason's enthusiasm for the project is infectious and I have the feeling that Friday will be an end of term no holds barred gig!
Read about it on LondonJazz.
Complete line-up is; Jason Palmer (trumpet/flugel), Paul Booth (tenor), Esperanza Spalding's pianist Leo Genovese (piano, keys), and Colin Stranahan (drums).
Lance.
Michael Janisch's Paradigm Shift Concept Friday May 6, Lit and Phil Society, Neville St., Newcastle. 8:00pm £12/£10 (conc.) 0191 2320192.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Madeleine Peyroux @ The Sage, Gateshead. Monday May 1.

Madeleine Peyroux (vcl/gtr); Gary Vercase (keys); John Harrington (gtr); Barack(?) Murray (bs); Darren Beckett (dms).
What can you say about Peyroux? She's got a vocal sound that first captured me when I heard Dance Me To The End Of Love on her Careless Love CD.
That sound was very much in evidence tonight in front of a well-attended Sage Hall One. Put a band of A-listers alongside her and you have the perfect recipe for enjoyment.
And yet...
...I came away feeling ever so slightly let down - as if I expected Cloud 7 (which I did) and only made it to Cloud number 5.  The material, particularly early on in her set was just so samey - a criticism that has been heard before - and it did begin to pall. In fact it wasn't until the last couple of numbers that the jazzier element emerged - an I Hear Music where she introduced the band and a Ja-Da based number that got a nice groove going.
However, the crowd enjoyed it all and, with reservations, so did I.
Earlier, guitar/vocalist R.J.Thompson did a 30 minute support set. That's the difference between an out and out jazz gig and the fringier ones - the latter invariably have a support act.
This is no reflection on RJ who I have heard before in a similar role - he does it well.
Lance.
PS: Am I alone in longing for the days when singers were singers and songwriters were songwriters - apart from Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael !?

Monday, May 02, 2011

Extreme Measures @ The Bridge Hotel. May 1st

David Carnegie (drums), Pete Tanton (trumpet & flugel horn), Mark Williams (guitar), Stuart Davies (electric bass) & Stuart Collingwood (keyboards)
A few years ago, in a Newcastle pub (since demolished), in walked a new face from where we knew not. He was looking to sit in. He sat in. Wow! We thought ''Who is this guy?'' Drummer David Carnegie was soon to become a fixture on the scene. A quiet, unassuming character, he could play. Yes, he could play alright.
Last night at the Bridge Hotel Carnegie's band Extreme Measures played a farewell gig. David is leaving us to return home to Barbados. The Bridge was busy, the audience (musicians were out in force) listened, this was a last chance to hear the band. Perhaps it was the occasion, whatever it was, guitarist Mark Williams played his socks off. Ah, but he always does. Doesn't he? This was an exceptional performance even by the Irishman's most exacting standards.
The newest recruit to the band, from Louisiana, USA, trumpeter Pete Tanton, is another to have emerged from seemingly nowhere. Trumpet or flugel, his tone is crystal clear with a fully formed lyrical sound, be it at a slow or not so slow tempo! The two local lads (the two Stuarts) aren't lacking in talent (anything but!) making the quintet as good as it gets. The opening number - Nautical - a Stuart Collingwood original, featured the composer then Tanton with, at times, the group sound emanating from the direction of the Jazz Messengers. The other Stu, bassist S.Davies, wrote Double Bubble. The band played it and guitarist Williams was, well, Williams (with a little bit of Sco) as Davies added a little bit of Marcus Miller to compliment Tanton's Milesian muted trumpet work (circa You're Under Arrest). Jamie McCredie, the band's guitarist at its inception, moved down to London a while ago but wasn't forgotten as his tune Her Anxiety was given a blast. Tanton played flugel on a blues and again on The Best Laid Plans. Other highlights included Carnegie's Paradigm Shift and Escape (a new one from Collingwood). A cracking band. I guess all good things come to an end. Hopefully Mr.Carnegie will return some day.
Russell      

Another Wedding!

Elaine Willis (left) and David Francis have announced via Facebook that they are now engaged.
Congratulations.
Elaine plays alto with the Customs House Big Band. David has also drummed with CHBB as well as leading various ensembles of his own such as jazz/rock band Alter Ego.
Lance.

A chance to bid farewell to David Carnegie - Thursday May 5

As many of you will already know, David Carnegie, arguably one of the best musicians and drummers in the North East, and indeed this side of New York, will very soon be leaving us to return to his home country of Barbados.
In honour of Dave, and to commemorate what will be a great loss to our music scene, this weeks Jazz and Jam Session, which also happens to be in its first week at the new venue of Offshore 44, will be totally free, so that there will be a place for us to all meet and give Dave a proper send off.
Unfortunately this does mean we will be unable to offer the free drink that was promised, otherwise I'd be out of business faster than you can say 'All jazz musicians are alcoholics'.
Please come down to show David how much we'll miss him as well as to enjoy what will hopefully be an absolutely great night of Jazz.
Omid.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Jazz Rascals launch CD @ Barn Asia

Elaine Binney (vln); Peter Skeen (gtr/vcl); Keith Mills (bs); Jae Brooks (dms).
Have they changed the calender without telling me? They must have done for surely it is New Years Eve? Or so it seems in Barn Asia for Elaine Binney and the Jazz Rascals CD launch.
According to Elaine there are 150 people squeezed into the restaurant and she should know - her dad is on the door!
It's a fun night with the band stretching out on the CD tracks. People are drinking and dining and dancing - even I'm persuaded to shake a limb or two during Watermelon Man! This band is currently so hot they sizzle.
Well known north east guitarist Edd Carr say's he's never heard anything quite like it - stressing  that he is speaking in complimentary tones!
I know what he means. The CD is great but live, even with the inevitable feedback and acoustic hiccups, it is something else again.
Elaine had promised us a surprise guest and we certainly did get a surprise! A scantily clad lady, I didn't catch her name, performing amazing things sitting on a hoop dangling from the ceiling! She sings, I think, Spread My Wings and indeed she spreads more than her wings in various evocotive poses!
A memorable evening catch them when you can and check out the CD.
Lance.

Jazz Café Jam Session.

It was one of those afternoons where nothing happened - Pete Gilligan had been banished by Grupenfuhrer Keith - until the arrival of Chris Finch who took his seat at the upright to be joined by Stuart Finden on tenor.
The duo played All the Things You Are then reprised it as a Fiona Littlewood vocal. Debra Milne followed with It Don't Mean a Thing with young trombonist David Gray taking the hypothetical stand. Stuart, meantime had switched to double bass.
Fiona returned for Softly as in a Morning Sunrise but sadly 'twas time for me to leave as Sarah Travena arrived.
Turned out to be not such a bad day after all!
Lance.

Madeleine Peyroux @ The Sage Tomorrow night (May 2)

Last time Madeleine Peyroux appeared at The Sage it was a sell-out. With a couple more albums under her belt the enigmatic singer with the wistfully appealing voice is likely to be an even bigger attraction this time round so book now if you haven't done so already.
You can do it in person, by phone (0191 4434661) or on-line (http://ckuik.com/Madeleine_Peyroux.)
Lance.

Fiddles on Fire This afternoon

The Sage's Fiddles on Fire Festival includes a set by Tim Kliphuis and Jim Birkett on the Concourse at 2:15. Tim's a brilliant violinist and Jim an equally verstile guitarist. Should be a great duo and it's free! Lance.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

ELAINE BINNEY & THE JAZZ RASCALS - CD LAUNCH

Violinist Elaine and her Jazz Rascals launch their CD Live at Durant Hall tomorrow night (Sunday May 1) at Barn Asia Restaurant, Waterloo Square, St James Boulevard, Newcastle NE1 4DN.
Doors open at 7:30pm. The entertainment - described by Elaine as 'surprise" - is from 8:00pm. The Rascals are on at 9:00pm. Admission is £5.
Although food is available, it isn't a pre-requisite and a few drinks whilst chilling out and listening to this young and exciting band seems to be a good way to spend the evening.
Lance.

William, Kate, Harry James & Robert Crais

It's been a good day. Still on a high after yesterday's wedding - a million people lining The Mall (personally I counted at least another 50!) made me feel good and wishing I was there. Today I Metro'd down to South Shields in, by Tyneside standards, sub-tropical temperatures. I needed a pint and something to read. First charity shop I entered had a vinyl Harry James for 75p. A couple of live 1940 broadcasts from the Southland Café, Boston and the Hotel Lincoln in NYC. Vocals by Dick Haymes and the Ray Harley like trumpet of the leader made this a must buy. I still needed some reading material which came about via Robert Crais' The Monkey's Raincoat. Just when I thought Raymond Chandler was gone forever I find a book by Robert Crais who is very much in the maestro's mode - "I'll bet you were the third prettiest girl in Eleventh Grade." She smiled and said, "Second actually." Reading material sorted I dropped into the South Shields branch of J.D. Wetherspoon's. To my delight they were still in patriotic mode wih union jacks strewn across the ceiling and a pint of an appropriately named ale from York Breweries (can't remember the name but it was 4.8% and tasted lovely!) Rounded off the day listening to the vinyl - James could blow and Corky Corcoran's tenor wasn't bad either!
Lance.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Jazz on the Quayside

A new venue has been found for the Thursday night Bridge Jam session - it will now be based at the Offshore 44 Pub on the Quayside (under the Tyne Bridge). Prices are lowered - £4 for listeners and £3 for students and free for musicians who get up and jam or M.U. cardholders. Plus, everyone who enters will be welcomed by a free beer or glass of wine. More good news is that service will be resumed next Thursday (5th May). The jam will start at 8pm and finish at 1am. Harley.

A Few Jazz Weddings

This being the day of "that wedding" I thought I'd list a few Jazz Royalty weddings. The list is far from complete and additions are welcome. Andy Champion----------Zoe Gilby Bert Courtley-------------Kathy Stobart Bob Cooper---------------June Christy Cecil Bridgewater--------Dee Dee Bridgewater Dave Barbour------------Peggy Lee De De Pierce-------------Billie Pierce Herb Geller---------------Lorraine Geller Jess Stacy-----------------Lee Wiley Jim Tomlinson-----------Stacey Kent Jimmy McPartland------Marian McPartland John Coltrane-----------Alice Coltrane Johnny Dankworth------Cleo Laine Jon Hiseman------------Barbara Thompson Keith Ingham-----------Susannah McCorkle Laurie Holloway--------Marian Montgomery Lew Tabackin-----------Toshiko Akiyoshi Louis Armstrong--------Lil Armstrong Louis Bellson------------Pearl Bailey Mike Westbrook--------Kate Westbrook Nigel Stanger-----------Germaine Stanger Paul Bacon--------------Liz Bacon Ray Brown--------------Ella Fitzgerald Ray Wetzel--------------Bonnie Wetzel Red Norvo--------------Mildred Bailey Stanley Turrentine------Shirley Scott
Lance.

Neon @ Gateshead Old Town Hall. April 28

Stan Sulzmann (soprano & tenor saxophones), Kit Downes (piano), Jim Hart (vibes) & Tim Giles (drums) This Gateshead performance was Neon's first in the north east. All four members of the quartet have played in other line-ups in the region and veteran saxophonist Stan Sulzmann remarked how he had recently performed at Gateshead's Sage and across the river in the upstairs room of the Bridge Hotel with Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra (he was keen to sing the praises of VOTN). This Town Hall gig was to illustrate another facet of his writing and playing in the company of three top class musicians of a younger generation. The two sets had the feel of a chamber jazz concert with a quiet, percussive approach from pianist Kit Downes, Guildhall graduate Jim Hart on vibes and the busy, inventive drumming of Tim Giles. Tunes were taken from the recently released CD Catch Me (Edition Records ED 1024). Jim Hart's writing was to the fore, none more so than on Passwords and The Last of the Leaves (the latter a reflective piece celebrating the joys of autumn and here we are in heatwave spring time!). Sulzmann played beautiful soprano on his own tune Nepanees and the one none original of the night was an excellent group effort on Monk's Bye-Ya. Russell

The Bridge Is Down!

Another great night, yet sadly the last for the Bridge Hotel as they no longer want the weekly Thursday jam session held there. In the meantime, an alternative venue is being arranged.
The house band: Omid Ramak, Mark Williams and John Pope did wonders on Solar and Giant Steps; with a nice mid-tempo latin feel. As the jam got under way, tunes such as Well You Needn't, Beatrice, Softly As In A Morning Sunrise, Straight No Chaser, There Is No Greater Love and Beautiful Love poured out nicely. One of the many highlights of the night (I'm told!) was during Straight No Chaser where Fiona Littlewood and myself were trading with scat singing. The cider did justice to my throat after holding that last note for a whole 12 bars!
There were two free improv sessions; one with featured bassist Ivan Scutt doing some rapping. I've encouraged him to listen to Soweto Kinch. This may sound like a cliche, but that's why it's true when people say you never know what to expect in a jam session.
The night finished with The Way You Look Tonight and featured Omid Ramak (Drums), Mark Williams (Guitar), Claude Werner (Tenor Saxophone) and Laurence Blackadder (Bass). So as far as I'm aware, no jam session next week until further notice by Omid. But if a new venue has been found he will let people know; best to check out his facebook group "Jazz and Jam Session".
Harley.

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