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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.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

If You Gotta Get a Dep Get the Best

Olive Rudd (vcl); Ray Harley (tpt); Herbie Hudson (tmb/vcl/hca); Jim McBriarty (clt/sop/vcl); George Richardson (pno); Alan Rudd (bs); Mike Humble (dms).
One thing about regular gigs is that you go there expecting the expected and, sometimes, you get the unexpected!
For the last couple of weeks trumpet ace Ray Harley has been awol. Today, however, Ray was back and blowing with an 'Armageddon's coming let me get there first' intensity. Malcolm wasn't at the keys this week but George Richardson was!
George is a superb player who buried himself for years in the Gosforth Park Hotel and it was a delight to hear him with the Maine Street boys.
To draw a comparision, it was akin to when Joe Bushkin replaced George Zack with the Spanier Ragtimers. Both great players just totally different styles.
Olive sang Blue Skies, Keeping Out of Mischief Now, Some of These Days.
The band impressed on Clarinet Marmalade, Jim sang Nobody's Sweetheart and Herbie sang everything else including Blueberry Hill which segued into Bucket's Got a Hole in it. This may or may not have been an indirect reference to events on the northside where the Bell and Bucket pub have begun a Thursday afternoon affair with the Brothers Rae+2.
The rhythm section at Rosie's were lighter than usual and there was a comfortable cool feel behind the dixie frontline.
It was a good session and George I think is back next week.
Lance.

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