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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 10, 2009

On The Outside Festival. Friday October 9.

The annual jamboree that is On the Outside got under way on Friday night at Gateshead Old Town Hall. Five sessions over three days, fifteen musicians - it makes for a lot of music with seemingly infinite permutations.
Tonight's session offered something for everyone. The first set featured two Americans - cellist Daniel Levin and drummer Chad Taylor joined by Raymond MacDonald, an affable Scot, playing alto and soprano saxophones. Brilliant, at times furious playing.
The second set was, for this correspondent at least, an eagerly awaited match-up; Gateshead lad Chris Sharkey and French superstar Marc Ducret (guitarists of the highest calibre) were joined on stage by Honorary Geordie Graeme Wilson (tenor and baritone saxophones) and piano virtuoso Cor Fuhler.
The outcome was somewhat surprising - the fireworks were kept in the box for another day. Sharkey stalked his pray but didn't attack and in turn Ducret held his foe at arm's length. Indeed Wilson and Fuhler ensured things remained civilised. A good set.
North east bassist par excellance Andy Champion was presented with a real challenge in being in the company of trombonist Alan Tomlinson and Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet). Tomlinson started with a brilliant solo piece and was then joined by Champion and Mahall for what was possibly the highlight of the evening. Champion was every bit the equal of his vastly experienced musical partners.
The final set was the heavyweight bout of the evening - Rob Brown (alto saxophone), Marilyn Crispell (piano), Marcio Mattos (cello & electronics) and Chad Taylor (depping for Gunter Sommer). Sound balance difficulties not withstanding this was a quality set.
More to come Saturday and Sunday.
See you there.
Russell .

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