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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.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Customs House Big Band with Ruth Lambert @ Customs House, South Shields.

Peter Morgan (MD/bs tmb), Ruth Lambert (vcl), Gordon Marshall, Ken de Vere, Paul Riley-Gledhill, Michael Lamb (tpts). Gareth Weaver, Chris Gurgit-Smith, Mike Fletcher, (tmbs). Jill Brett (alt/flt), Elaine Willis (alt), Alan Marshall, Kim Webb (ten), Chris Kaberry (bar). Bill Britain (pno), Tom Patterson (bs gtr), Roy Willis (gtr), David Francis (dms).
This was another good concert by the ever popular Customs House Big Band who, yet again, pulled a good crowd to their home base.
The theme was show songs and we were treated to a selection of superb big band versions of some of the most well-loved tunes that began life on 'The Great White Way'.
Peter Morgan, leader and raconteur, directed the band, played ensemble bass trombone and gave much information on the background of each number.
The band itself had a couple of changes. Jim McBriarty has departed (there are just so many bands a guy can play with!) He was replaced by Kim Webb on second tenor. Kim, incidentally is the daughter of well known local jazz singer Mia Webb.
Jack the bass has gone to pastures south to be replaced by Tom the bass guitar.
Alan Marshall did the tenor solos justice with his coolish sound whilst Jill Brett not only has the lead alto pad down pat but also rattled off some good solos. Gareth Weaver took most of the trom solos although all three let rip on How High The Moon.
Mike Lamb shouldered the brunt of the trumpet solos with Paul Riley-Gledhill doing his bit on Summertime.
Bill Britain featured on Softly as in a Morning Sunrise as well as arranging September Song at a nice bouncy tempo unlike the original which I always find slightly turgid.
Alongside Bill, 'Uncle' Roy Willis and Tom Patterson provided the pulse with David Francis putting the boot in.
Too many great numbers to mention them all but, for me, perhaps the most interesting was Fascinating Rhythm which had some fascinating tempo/time changes.
MD Peter even managed to give Bebop Spoken Here a mention!
Nice one.
Lance.
PS: If you're wondering why I haven't mentioned super singer Ruth Lambert it is because our Woman's Editor Ann is preparing her own take on the vocal/fashion side of it - watch this space!
Also a reminder - catch the band and Ruth for free at the open rehearsal/concert at the New Crown, South Shields, on Tuesday Oct 5 at 7:30pm.

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