Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord Jan 13 Durham Gala
From Russell Corbett, our North East jazz expert writes...
January’s offerings are somewhat less in number than usual but the quality quotient is maintained at several venues across the North East.
Newcastle’s Jazz Café resumes post-Christmas with the Zoë Gilby-Alan Law Duo performing their ‘Beatles and Beyond’ set on Friday 6 January. A week later (13) Hand to Mouth – the duo of Lindsay Hannon and Bradley Johnston – reprise an exceptionally good debut gig late last year focusing on the Ella-Joe Pass partnership. The successful twice monthly jam sessions at the Pink Lane venue continue into 2017 and it’s good to report the launch of a student-led session: the Tom Bearpark Quintet will kick-off the new venture on Thursday 26. A rare sighting of Triggerlawross (great name!) is on the cards on Jan 20. The piano-led trio of Alan Law, Katy Trigger, bass, and drummer Mattie Ross promises originals and some improvisatory moments. At the end of the month (Friday 27th) recent Birmingham Conservatoire graduates Mark Pringle and Tom Syson play a piano-trumpet duo set.
Jazz North East resumes its activities with a double helping of all things Dutch. Saturday 21 sees a plethora of improvisers arrive on Tyneside (including veteran percussionist Hans Bennink and bassist Wilbert de Joode) to perform in the upstairs room at the Jazz Café. Sunday afternoon over at the Lit and Phil the Dutch contingent reconvene for the first of two improv sets (the second set begins at seven o’clock).
The Jazz Co-op on Railway Street near the Metro Arena presents the octogenarian piano master Alan Glen (Jan 12) working with regular partners John Pope (bass) and drummer Paul White. Budtet go from strength to strength. Catch the band on Railway Street (Jan 21) to hear recent recruit Lin Lee Wong, piano, and multi instrumentalist Jude Murphy. And jazz Co-op mainstay Debra Milne returns to base on Saturday 28th with her band Jazz Latin Groove.
Sage Gateshead keeps a relatively low profile in the run up to the 2017 Gateshead Jazz Festival (March 31-April 2). One event of interest is Elliot Galvin’s gig at five o’clock, Jan 28. Graeme Wilson takes his quintet to Darlington’s Opus 4 Jazz Club at the Traveller’s Rest (Jan 20). Teesside’s James Harrison plays a ‘with friends’ gig on Jan 13 at Saltburn Community Hall and earlier in the day at Durham’s Gala Theatre there is the first of the venue’s monthly concerts of the new year. Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord will ensure a sell out. These lunchtime promotions continue to be a remarkable success as month to month the ‘house full’ notices go up weeks in advance.
Hexham Jazz Club resumes activities with the superb Gerry Richardson Trio. Jan 31, the Fox Inn on West End Terrace is the place to be (9pm) to hear Richardson, Hammond B3, working with Cumbrian-based altoist Garry Linsley and drummer Adam Sinclair.
Jan 3 Charles Gordon Vermont Hotel NE1 1RQ
Jan 6 Rendezvous Jazz* Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton NE24 8PD
Jan 6 Zoë Gilby & Alan Law Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jan 6 Mia Webb & Roy Willis New Ship Inn, Cleadon NE34 8DG
Jan 12 Alan Glen Trio Jazz co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jan 13 Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord* Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA
Jan 13 James Harrison & Friends Saltburn Community Hall & Theatre TS12 1JW
Jan 13 Hand to Mouth: Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jan 20 Graeme Wilson Quintet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Jan 20 Triggerlawross Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jan 21 Dutch Treat Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jan 21 Budtet Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jan 22 Going Dutch* Lit & Phil NE1 1SE
Jan 26 Strictly Smokin’ Big Band Millstone NE3 1QL
Jan 26 BABMUS Jazz Café NE1 5DW
Jan 27 Mark Pringle & Tom Syson Jazz Café NE1 4DW
Jan 28 Elliot Galvin Trio Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Jan 28 Jazz Latin Groove Jazz Co-op @ The Globe NE4 7AD
Jan 31 Gerry Richardson Trio Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
All gigs Newcastle unless stated otherwise