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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, March 25, 2012

Clare Teal @ Theatre Royal York. March 23.

well the lady was on top form last night, playing to a packed and hugely enthusiastic audience. She just bounced in with all the verve we have learnt to expect from her, surely Clare is at the top of her profession just now. Her band were simply outstanding , Grant Windsor, keyboard/arranger, Ben Reynolds drums ; Simon Little bass. They also did some great harmonies throughout. So well rehearsed, they played in perfect harmony...and they all had such fun! For me I would have liked more standards, swingy ones too, as they were good at swing..her tribute to Anita O'Day was superb, Tea For Two at about 300 mph! 
Also I loved I Loves You Porgy and If I Were a Bell. Apart from those faves of mine, there was a fine selection of lesser known stuff which although unfamiliar to me were nevertheless never short of thrilling. Of course what Clare also does best is her chatty repartee in between numbers, always tongue in cheek and very laid back. She also mentioned her new Album Hey Ho, apparently a Gasbook tribute, but I heard no real evidence of it, which for me was a disappointment. Still you get your full money's worth with M/s Teal and we left on a high.
Liz.

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