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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, January 16, 2011

The Sounds of The Loop - Gateshead/Newcastle on a Sunday

No, I'm not talking about The Loop in Chicago - I'm talkin' Gateshead - y'all hear me? - The Central Bar.
On a Sunday afternoon there is no better place to start your journey than in the newly refurbished upper Blue Bar where The Ray Stubbs Rhythm 'N' Blues All Stars play to a packed house.
Not Chicago? This is the Windy City and all points West, East, North and South as Ray (vcls/harp), John Hedley (gtr), Trevor Whitehouse (bs), Ray Snowdon (pno) and Brian Ferry (dms) make the Southside rock courtesy of Junior Wells, Howlin' Wolf, Sleepy John Estes and a dozen more poetic blues legends. Ray tells their stories with white hot emotion and vocal chords raised on Thunderbird wine and rusty razor blades.
John Hedley stamps his own brand on the music - it's stratospheric. The rest of the group lay it down solid. Maybe they're low on subtlety but they rate high on sheer excitement.
Intermission and it's time to pack my suitcase and move on down the line.
I walk over the High Level Bridge into Newcastle, passing the Bridge Hotel where the Loop will be completed later, and on to The Jazz Café.
Lindsay Hannon is trying out a song in which she appeals to be seduced which explains the line forming on the right. Pete Gilligan and Paul Grainger on piano and bass kept her on track (or was it vice versa?) and the end product (of the song) sounded good. Gradually the place fills up with musicians and singers. Claire Kelly chants That's Life, Funny Valentine and I'm Beginning to See the Light. Stu Findon bleows tenor and Dave Gray, the young trombone player, has a blast - Kid Ory plays Modern. Gabi I Got Rhythmed. There are many other delights about to unfold but my journey takes me elsewhere...
Lance.

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