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Guy Barker: "You have to play it [the trumpet] every day or you just won't be match-fit." - (Jazz Rag, Winter 2019.)


Today Friday December 13



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.



‘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 '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, September 09, 2010

Ruth Lambert, Paul Gamblin and the Blaydon Jazz Trio at Blaydon Jazz Club

Ruth Lambert (vcl), Paul Gamblin (gtr), Andy Champion (bs), Jeremy McMurray (pno), Tim Johnston (dms).
Perhaps spurred on by the knowledge of Zoe's fine gig on Tuesday, our other charming chanter - Ruth - delivered her own tour de force tonight at Blaydon and it was well worth 'gannin' along the Scotswood Road' for.
Time After Time swung, How Long Has This Been Going On? cajoled, Between The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea showed what can be done with a Harold Arlen tune whilst How Insensitive was anything but! Ruth was in good voice tonight.
I particularly liked Stella By Starlight done at just the right tempo - Ruth (and Miles!) and the first set closer West Coast Blues swung as a Wes Montgomery tune ought to.
Interval saw raffle tickets sold and prizes won - not by me - acquaintances renewed before it was back to Beautiful Love and a How High The Moon that went close to answering that eternal question.
At this point my carriage, in the form of the number 10 bus, awaited and I reluctantly left.
Apart from Ruth alongside her, on guitar, Paul Gamblin excelled - Joe Pass-like at times - he played some scintillating solos. Jeremy too swung the keyboard every which way with Andy Champion, solid and dependable, Tim Johnston producing the swing and drive - a cohesive unit that came into its own on the instrumental version of Night and Day.
Sitting on the bus I had a superior smile on my face knowing that those around me hadn't had what I'd had - a night of magical music and only a 23 minute bus ride from Newcastle.


Roly said...

I don't usually comment on Blaydon gigs but I can't resist this one. All the players were on scintillating form and it was simply one of those lovely gigs when everything is just great.

Russell said...

Hi Lance

As Roly said - just great.