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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.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Carrying Cole To Newcastle - Daryl Sherman @ The Sage, Gateshead.

Daryl Sherman (pno/vcl); John Hallam (ten/clt); Roy Percy (bs).
If John Hallam and Roy Percy hadn't turned up. If Daryl had never sung a note or touched the piano keyboard this would still have been a great gig. Just listening to her talk about Cole Porter, The Waldorf Astoria and the various tit-bits were in themselves fascinating.
The fact that Hallam and Percy were there and that the now blonde Daryl sung and played Cole Porter as only she can made this a cut above most gigs you've heard or are likely to hear.
The eternal debate as to what is a Jazz Singer was well and truly answered tonight. No need to scat - scatting is just so so yesterday. It's all in the phrasing, the unusual interval, the slight re-working of the lyric or the tune, the hanging that fraction behind the beat, the anticipation of the next one. Sinatra and Billie did it to perfection and so does Daryl Sherman.
Tonight's Cole Porter tribute featured most of the songs from her latest album Mississippi Belle (see cd review) and once again gave credence to Digby Fairweather's assertion on Daryl's last visit that she was the greatest living jazz singer. The lady plays fine piano too.
John Hallam slotted in easily blowing lots of Ben Websterish tenor and some nice clarinet on Night and Day and Rosalie - which may be the tune we were trying to remember during the interval - and Roy Percy played some solid bass albeit, on occasion, a little too much slap for my personal taste.
One of the things that impressed me tonight (there were too many to list 'em all) was Lady D's pitching when singing with just double bass accompaniment - ne'er a quarter tone went awry!
Loved every moment and only sorry time didn't allow me to have a longer chat with her afterwards and to grab a few photos.
Come back soon.
Lance.
PS: Daryl Sherman is at the Green Man, Norwich tomorrow (July 17) and at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival  Friday and Saturday (July 20/21).

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