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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.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Colin Aitchison and the China Coast Jazzmen. Sunday 11th October.

Normally known as the Ned Kelly’s Big Band, this approx. 14 piece band has been meeting here under the idiosyncratic direction of ex-Geordie Colin Aitchison for longer than even he would like to recall. But it’s as fresh and as much fun as it’s ever been, with an array of truly exceptional musicians from across the Hong Kong area, lined up in traditional Big Band format. Not only do the numbers trigger memories of the sins and sensations of youth for oldies, but they clearly resonate strongly with youngsters too, as demo’d by a couple of Aussie girls dancing on the benches and some impromptu modern dance on the tiny strip of floor boards in front of the band, which somehow manages to accommodate the larger than life Colin casting his magic spell over this great band.
Guest artists appear from time to time, all happy to expose themselves on the front line of battle with the massed troops of this eccentric body of musicians behind them, and tonight was no different with the hugely talented Phil Whelan dusting off his old clarinet and mixing it with the best. He acquitted himself more than honourably and earned a huge round of applause, which persuaded him to join the ranks and carry on playing for the rest of the gig.
After an evening of visits to the 40s and 50s the final set comprised a terrific Glenn Miller homage and the band excelled itself in its delivery of so many well loved numbers. It was humbling to think just what a talent that man possessed. He’d have loved this band; it’s just so infectiously joyous!
I can’t wait till the next gig. Don’t miss it on Sunday 8th November at 6.00pm.
Photos (They follow the Tim Garland set.)
Mark Monument

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