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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, September 29, 2011

Pete Gilligan Trio @ Hoochie Coochie

Pete Gilligan (pno); Ray Truscott (bs); Ian Forbes (dms); Julija Jacanaite Jolie (vcl)
Pete Gilligan is a local jazz treasure full stop! However, possibly because of his playboy image, he is perhaps not as well known by the jazz mainstream as he should be.
Tonight he hit the ground running with a set of swinging jazz standards that was well received by a decent sized Hoochie audience.
On drums, Ian Forbes, the Grand Old Man of North East rhythm sections demonstrated that age has not withered nor custom staled his infinite variety with some stick and brushwork that went well beyond mere timekeeping. Ray Truscott, another veteran of a thousand one night stands (gigs that is), added the depth needed on six string bass guitar as well as offering contrasting solos.
Pieces included Waltz For Debbie, Billie's Bounce, A Foggy Day, All Blues a rather beautiful version of Whisper Not, the rarely heard Bill Evans' tune Time Remembered, Darn That Dream and a few tunes the title of which escaped me.
And as if this wasn't enough we had the bonus of a couple of songs from Julija Jacanaite Jolie - quite a girl!
These Thursday sessions seem to be building up a following. Next week it's the Mark Toomey Quartet but before then, this Sunday (October 2) it's Nick Pride and the Pimptones with their brand of Jazz/Funk.
Photos.
Lance.

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