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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, May 30, 2012

Troyka @ The Central Bar, Gateshead. May 29

Chris Montague (guitar), Kit Downes (organ) & Josh Blackmore (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Schmazz at the Cluny on the South Side! A one-off relocation south of the Tyne to the Central Bar in Gateshead to present Troyka paid dividends - a full house, no less. Well, it helped that guitarist Chris Montague, a Gateshead lad, had the Montague Clan (grand mother et al) in attendance to lend support in numbers. The trio arrived late due to the band bus (aka humble car) breaking down en route to Tyneside. It was agreed to play one long set rather than the regulation two sets. On a warm night make-shift fans were fanned, brows mopped, beers quaffed.
Moxxy, the soon-to-be-released CD, featured prominently and the opener – Dropsy – laid down a riff straight out of the Jimmy Page guitar tutor. Another new one – Tax Return – followed and solos were few and far between. Central to the performance was the group dynamic with frequently shifting rhythms developed by non-stop drummer Josh Blackmore and Montague. Organist Kit Downes clocked-up his third appearance on Tyneside in a matter of weeks and once more played a blinder. Troyka allows Downes greater freedom to go off on a tangent although he has the self-discipline to bring it home in good time. The slow tempo Chaplin (?) engaged a low gear heavy groove and in contrast Rest drifted on a (momentarily Metheny) thermal. The highlight of the evening came from an unexpected source – the blues. The tune (Crawler), a slow blues written by Downes featured a contender for solo of the year from Montague (eliciting spontaneous applause) with the trio showing how it should be done; measured, tasteful and an avoidance of excess. 
Moxxy is released on June 11th on Edition Records (www.editionrecords.com).
Russell

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