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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, July 18, 2011

Frith St NE1 @ The Cherry Tree.

Zita Frith (vcl); Lloyd Wright (gtr); Phil Richardson (pno); Ian Paterson (bs); David Francis (dms).
The Way You Look Tonight was the perfect opener for Ms Frith who looked sensational in a mini-dress with a hemline only slightly lower than the ceiling! She sounded good too despite some teething problems with the balance.
A good selection of standards, many of which were heard on the band's previous visit, provided the perfect complement to my Hot Smoked Salmon, Radish, Apple Puree, Wood Sorrel starter.
I was in fish mode tonight and I opted for Whole Grilled Plaice, Brown Shrimp, Cockles, Samphire, Sea Spinach which was delicious but, pleb that I am, I'm not into D.I.Y filleting and it was finicky - back to steak for my next visit.
The set closed with a spirited version of The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B complete with a Reveille blast by guitarist Wright. Lloyd was hot all night and pianist Richardson too had his moments in the sun.
Last week I wallowed in the succulence of the British Strawberry Eton Mess in Rosewater and I saw no reason to change. It was as sensuous as Zita's Choo Choo 'Ch'Boogie done as slowly and evocatively as Louis Jordan's original wasn't. Both versions work.
More sensuality on Loverman as well as great solos from piano and guitar.
Bass and drums held it all together and the final Lullaby of Birdland finished off an enjoyable evening. Not 100% jazz but close enough.
Lance.

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