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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.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Garland/Champion/Tilbrook @ The Bridge - The Late Set.

As Bebop Spoken Here's Main Man set off for the snowfields of South Tyneside, Tim Garland's tenor horn did indeed conjure a very bluesy take on Round Midnight. Champion and Tilbrook went with it and we got more Monk (one can never get too much Monk) in the form of Evidence. Bill Evans' Very Early maintained the oh so good down beat mood.
Garland introduced fifteenth century plain-chant and it worked brilliantly. The tenor man drew a parallel between the ancient musical form and Blue in Green in so much as each piece can be said to be modal in structure. Miles' tune (or is it Bill Evans'?) followed and sure enough the point was well made.
A Kirkian blow out, We Free Kings (We Three Kings ?), saw all three musicians taking it home in style. The roaring finale elicited a roar for more from the appreciative crowd. The encore gave us Miles' Nardis. The evening was, as BSH Editor in Chief indicated earlier, a cracking gig. If not up there as a contender for gig of the year it was certainly a great way to end the season of gigs at Splinter @ The Bridge. You're next appointment at the Bridge Hotel is on 9th January 2011 (7:30 pm). Russell .

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