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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.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

CD Review: Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - "Emergence"

Scotland has long been a fertile embryo for young jazz musicians and that tradition is maintained in the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. Smith, himself a former young wunderkind, has honed his troops into an organisation that can hold its own at any level as this disc proves.
There is a nice mix of traditional big band swing in the form of Ellington's In a Mellow Tone, Take The A Train and Mood Indigo; Sammy Nestico's Hayburner and Moten Swing; Bob Mintzer's arrangement of Mile's Joshua and Pino Lodice's take on The Flintstones.
Steely Dan's Black Friday, Astor Piazzolla' new style tango Michel Angelo and of course an original by the leader, Numbers, move into slightly more contemporary areas. The latter number features Joe Wright on tenor and it says much for his playing that I had to check the album to ascertain that it wasn't the leader taking the solo!
However, it's unfair to single out soloists - they all perform with distinction - but what is worthy of special mention is the beautiful blend the saxes get in the ensemble passages; precise yet without loss of warmth - this is what I call a sax section.
Release date is Feb. 6. More details from www.spartacusrecords.com or www.tsyjo.com.
Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - Emergence. Sparticus STS016.
Lance.

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