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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.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lyndsay Hannon Plus at Hoochie Coochie Thursday May 10

Lindsay Hannon (vcl); Alan Law (pno); John Pope (bs); Mark Robertson (dms).
(Review by Ann Alex).
How do I write a review of a gig performed by my jazz-singing class teacher?  Such a task could be embarrassing, but there’s no problem with this band because I knew they’d be good and they were, (and then some, as Lance would say)!
Some of the band had come straight from other commitments, such as work, but they zoomed into jazz mode with no messing about, beginning with an inventive chorus of There’ll Never Be Another You’, complete with keys and bass solos and introductions of the band members from Lyndsay.  How she manages to sing miles away from the original tune and yet still connect with it is an enviable skill, intriguing to listen to.  
The mood of the set was then indicated by the Joni Mitchell song which followed, showing that there would be far more than gasbook material tonight.  This song included a delicious bass solo and some lovely bowing to finish with.  An unusual, yet confident, zippy, fast version of The Very Thought of You preceded  a heartfelt The End of  a Love Affair.  By now we were in a bluesy mood, and so came The St. Louis BluesI Hate to See The Evening Sun Go Down etc., with Alan on keys giving us rich groaning bluesy riffs.
Other numbers included a gentle-voiced Old Fashioned Hat; and So Long Bigtime; (all about gambling); a creepy slinky version of The Doors song Spy; In Walked Bud; Nature Boy; Burgundy Sky; and the final number What a Little Moonlight Can Do; with a neat tempo change, which was much admired by the musician sitting next to me, and with lots of fast and furious word play, which was much admired by myself, me being a wordy sort of person.  So there was something for everyone and a good selection of songs.  I haven’t mentioned the drummer, but he was noticeably clever, with more solo work in the second half, which seems to be how drummers like it.  There was a fair sized audience who appeared to be mostly non-jazzers, but they clapped enthusiastically..
Ann Alex. 

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