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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.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

An Evening (well ten minutes) with Michael Bublé

I arrived home earlier than expected - don't ask - and was fortunate to catch the last couple of numbers from "An Evening With Michael Bublé"*.
How I wish I'd heard the whole show. Okay there's a lot of inane questions from the "Celebrity" audience and occasionally he comes over just a little too schmaltzy in his patter but, strip that all away, and you have a good, young, singer singing good songs and bringing them - apart from tonight - to a youngish audience and in a contemporary manner.
He has a cracking band behind him and in Jumanne Smith a fine trumpet player.
A class act - no wonder he packs out the Arena and elsewhere.
Must checkout the whole show on catch-up TV.
Lance.
*: Georgia on my Mind and How Sweet It Is.
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8 comments :

Liz said...

very rare for me to slightly disagree with you Lance but honestly I thought he was really mediocre tonight. He seemed to be playing to the audience over much and some of the numbers were, for me, forgettable. I do agree though a good band. His stagey movements were weird too, all that twisting of legs,what's that all about? For me he is better heard than seen. Also the Mrs Brown number...not tender enough...
Liz

Lance said...

Well I did only see ten minutes so maybe I will change my views when I see the whole show but I did try to make it clear that I was judging him away from the non-singing aspect. This is something which spoils all these 'an evening with' shows.
Plus, if you had came to Michael after what I'd just left, you'd have seen it as a lifeline to sanity after tunnelling out of Bedlam.

Hil said...

I taped it and was really looking forward to watching it as I have a couple of his cd's.
Unfortunately I could only watch the first number as I just cringed with embarrassment. The younger generation have an expression which just summed up his performance for me...Cheesy.
Perhaps I just wasn't in the right frame of mind?...and might try again to watch it?
With sincere apologies to the said gent, as I do like his voice.

Tom Medhurst said...

I thought the music was pretty good (not amazing like his tours), but the Q&A thing with the audience was *really* over-scripted/rehearsed and was really hard to enjoy.

He does have an incredible voice though!

Liz said...

Yes Hil you have voiced my opinion very well..cheesy..and, like you, I too like his voice. In fact I do have a CD with him singing some nice standards. It was just that he seemed to be out to crowd please and really there was no need to overdo that, his voice stands well alone. Going back to Mrs Jones... I love that number but oh dear when he got the audience to join in and went into a kind of frenzy...too much!
Liz

Lance said...

Well I've watched the full 51 minutes and, whilst I agree with the 'cheesy' comments - a word he frequently used himself - I still enjoyed the show. He's a good singer and, as the 'show - bizzy' saccharine from both sides of the footlights comes with the territory in these programs, I let it ride by me - in fact I listened to more than I actually watched.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering whether Buble should have got a mention on here really. Just my opinion, but isn't he really just a pop singer with a little better voice than the average? He appeals to the females apparently (judging by the DVD my wife has got and the disproportionate number of women in the audiences), and has a bit of a gay following too. He certainly is not a jazz vocalist and like most of the over hyped singers seems to be too full of his own importance - reflecting in his over-the-top stage movements. Buble and Jamie Cullum should both be sent to room 101.

Lance said...

Well the definition of a jazz singer is always open to contention - as indeed are the boundaries between adjoining genré - and MB does attract interest from the jazz periphery (as well as the ladies and the 'lads').