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Today Friday December 13

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux CarréJazzmen - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. ‘Christmas Jazz Lunch’. Details from 0191 252 9429).

Dean Stockdale Trio - The Merry Monk, 30 Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

Jazz

‘An Evening of Swing & Sparkle’ - National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL. Tel: 0191 515 5555. 7:30pm. £35.00. Rat Pack evening inc. 4-course meal.

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. First night of two.

Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra - Yarm School, Stockton TS15 9EJ. Tel: 01642 786023. 7:30pm (6:30pm doors). £18.00. + £1.80. bf (£15.00. + £1.50. bf). 'Mistletoe & Miller'.

Blues, Funk/Soul etc.

Baghdaddies - Cobalt Studios, Boyd Street, NewcastleNE2 1AP. £10.68 (inc. bf). ‘Big Xmas Knees Up’.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

George Shovlin & the Acoustic Radars feat. Pat Rafferty + George Pallas & John Wilkins - Whitburn Cricket Club, East Street, Whitburn SR6 7BZ. Tel: 0191 529 3187. 7:30pm (7:00pm doors). £7.50. admission by ticket only (from www.wegottickets.com). 'The Bents Road Sessions'.

Dead Skunk Skiffle & Blues Orchestra + Stetson Five - Station East, Hills Street, Gateshead NE8 2AN. 8:00pm. Free.

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

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Killer Shrimp at Corner House

When a band monickerises itself as 'Killer Shrimp' the odds are maybe 12 to 7 against them drawing their material from the Great American Songbook. However, they did play recognisable versions of 'Star Eyes' and 'Stella By Starlight' which more than made up for their late start. This was music to the north of contemporary post hard bop, and tenor player Ed Jones swung his ass off with some fine extended solos - some may say over extended solos but when you're on a winning streak... Damon Brown played flugel exclusively and proved that the instruments mellow sound need not be confined to ballads. Ben Hazelton (bs) and Troy Miller (dms) did the business in the engine room; the bass player shouldering the harmonic responsibility, so essential in a piano/guitarless rhythm section, with ease although it has to be said that the gig would have started and finished a lot sooner if the already late drummer had spent more time setting up his drums and less time talking on his mobile. Still, overall, a minor quibble for one of the tastier curate's eggs.

2 comments :

Liz said...

You should get a job reviewing for the local newspaper Lance. You are masterly in your descriptions. As a non musician even I can get a flavour of these gigs!

Lance said...

"...aw shucks...!"