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Daniel John Martin w Swing Manouche - The Vault, Hallgate, Hexham NE46 1XD. Tel: 01434 603884. 7:30pm. £15.00.

New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. Tel: 0191 433 8420. 7:30pm. £15.00. Featuring Keith Nichols, Ruth Lambert. Ticket reservations: 0191 281 4011 or email: ragtimedavekerr-aol.com

Mark Nightingale w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.20.

Zoë Gilby & Mark Williams - The Rabbit Hole, 17 Hallgarth, Durham DH1 3AT. Tel. 0191 386 5556. 7:00pm. Advance booking advised.

Blues

Phil Davids & the Good Times Band - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Dean Stockdale/Mick Shoulder Duo @ Jazz Café June 27.

Dean Stockdale (pno); Mick Shoulder (bs).
(Review by Lance).
Travelling by Metro on a Friday night can be a culture shock. A carriage full of the young and not so young shouting incoherently into their mobiles creates the illusion that one has stepped back in time to the Tower of Babel (not the record company!) or maybe even the Harlem Air Shaft portrayed somewhat more eloquently by Duke Ellington back in 1941. 
I'd had a similar, albeit more satisfying experience, earlier at the Jazz Café and Ellington, or rather his confrère Billy Strayhorn, was involved there too along with Dean Stockdale on piano and Mick Shoulder on bass. The duo's version of Chelsea Bridge (inspired, we're told, by a painting of Battersea Bridge) was quite beautiful - not even the refugees from Babel standing at the bar could despoil this gem.
Chelsea was but one of many choice pieces played by the select pairing. Others included Mingus' Nostalgia in Times Square, Kelly's Blues (named after Oscar Peterson's fourth wife - no wonder he had the blues!), Summer in Central Park (Horace Silver), Skylark, I'm Old Fashioned and Night in Tunisia all played on an upright that at times, and not just tonight, sounds as if it had been Made in Tunisia
Nevertheless, noisy barflys and a piano that maybe fell off the back of a camel, couldn't spoil an evening of top quality music.
Lance.
Stop Press: More top class piano on August 1 with a return visit by the Alan Glen Trio as well as Peter Gilligan's Jam Session on July 1 and Paul Edis on July 18.

1 comment :

internationalpartygirl said...

So near and yet so far.. was there enjoying the music from a respectable distance :-) My going-home experience was seeing two fat rats running out from under the bin near where we parked. Great review! Teresa

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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