Monday, 4 November 2019

Russell Corbett's North East November gig roundup

Greg Abate - 2 gigs on Nov 8th

Lots of good music in the North East during November

American bop alto saxophonist Greg Abate puts in two appearances in the North East  - Nov 7 with the Paul Edis Trio at the Black Swan, Newcastle and the following day (1:00pm) working as a duo with pianist Edis at the Gala Theatre, Durham. It is advisable to book now for the Durham gig as it will be an advance sell out - tel: 03000 266 600. Soft Machine rock up at the Cluny, Newcastle on Nov 11. It's a Monday night, so, with little else happening this is your chance to catch up with John Etheridge and co. Twenty four hours later Jamie Toms' Not Now Charlie will play a Hexham Jazz Club gig at the Fox Inn. The volunteer run club helps to keep the jazz flag flying in the Tyne Valley. It's a free admission (donations!) gig so do get along to show your support. Thursday 14 - book a day off work. At 1:10pm in King's Hall, Newcastle University there is a free admission, one set (fifty minutes) by the globe-trotting Sirkis/Bialas IQ. Stay in town then head over to Gosforth Civic Theatre for the debut performance by Mondo Trumpet (7:30pm). A two-trumpet frontline working with an ace piano trio, this could be the start of something. Tyneside based American ex-pat Pete Tanton teams up with fellow trumpeter Graham Hardy to play original material with an international flavour. Tanton promises to sing a few numbers in English and French! The trio - Paul Edis, Andy Champion, Russ Morgan - is an attraction in its own right, linking up with Tanton and Hardy makes this gig an intriguing prospect.

London based Jo Harrop and Jamie McCredie return home, albeit for a day, to play a duo concert at the Lit and Phil, Newcastle (Nov 15, lunchtime) and an evening concert at Holy GrAle on Crossgate, Durham. Vocalist Jo and guitarist Jamie are from these (north eastern) parts and they're welcome anytime.

Finally, one or two other tasty looking gigs - Wednesday 6 sees a debut duo performance by pianist Paul  Edis and adopted Geordie, vocalist Alice Grace. It's a one o'clock start on the mezzanine floor in Newcastle Arts Centre, three quid on the door, it'll be busy. Friday 22 sees an unfortunate clash of gigs little more than a mile apart. At Darlington's Hullabaloo Theatre (Darlington Hippodrome) Edinburgh's brilliant Tenement Jazz Band will entertain Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club's regulars and just up the road at the Traveller's Rest the Mick Shoulder Quintet will be in bop/post bop mode. An interesting couple of changes to the line-up for this one - recent Leeds College of Music graduate Harry Keeble will be blowing tenor (he's one to watch) and one-time Tyneside resident Ben Gilbert will be occupying the piano stool.

* = lunchtime or afternoon
Nov 6 Alice Grace & Paul Edis Jazz Café Mezzanine, Newcastle NE1 1SG*
Nov 6 Mark Williams & Joel Byrne-McCullough Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee SR8 2RN*
Nov 7 Greg Abate w Paul Edis Trio Black Swan, Newcastle NE1 1SG
Nov 8 Greg Abate & Paul Edis Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Nov 8 Hot Club du Nord St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook DL15 9DN
Nov 8 Dat Brass Head of Steam, Newcastle NE1 5EN
Nov 8 Portico Quartet Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR
Nov 10 Blue Jazz Sextet The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Nov 11 Soft Machine Cluny, Newcastle NE1 2PQ
Nov 12 Not Now Charlie Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Nov 14 Sirkis-Bialas IQ King’s Hall, Newcastle University NE1 7RU*
Nov 14 Mondo Trumpet Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3BD
Nov 15 Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Nov 15 Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie Holy GrAle, Durham DH1 4PR
Nov 16 Emma Johnson’s Gravy Boat The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Nov 17 Binker Golding + Noya Rao + Francis Tulip Quartet Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ*
Nov 17 Classic Swing Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Nov 19 Sarathy Korwar Sage Gateshead NE8 2JR 
Nov 21 Alice Grace-Jordan Alfonso Quintet St James’ & St Basil’s Church, Newcastle NE4 9EJ
Nov 22 Sue Ferris Trio Merry Monk, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP*
Nov 22 Tenement Jazz Band Theatre Hullabaloo, Darlington DL1 1SG
Nov 22 Mick Shoulder Quintet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 9ER
Nov 24 Gerry Richardson Quartet The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Nov 28 ’58 Jazz Collective Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool TS24 7HH

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