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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, October 01, 2012

A Public Meeting JAZZ IN THE NORTH EAST THE WAY FORWARD?

Tuesday 23rd October | 7.00pm
Newcastle Literary & Philosophical Society | 23 Westgate Road | Newcastle NE1 1SE
Free admission
The times they are a-changing.
The winding up of Jazz Action, the creation of the new Jazz North, the financial pressures on local authorities and other funding organisations, all mean that the context for jazz promotion in the North East looks very different from how it was even just a few years ago.
And, of course, the music itself moves on. The quality and diversity on offer is greater than ever, with young players breaking down boundaries between genres to create inventive new approaches. Potentially there is something for everybody, but with some older audiences resisting change, and some younger audiences dismissing all jazz as ‘old hat’, promoters have an uphill struggle introducing artists to audiences.
In response to these changing times,  the region’s two most adventurous promoters, Jazz North East and Schmazz, have decided to merge next year. But they want to create a whole that is much more than the sum of the parts – they see the merger process as an opportunity to review the whole issue of jazz provision and development throughout the North East.
So, on Tuesday 23rd October, they are calling an open meeting for anybody – promoters, musicians, audiences – who would like to see a healthy future for jazz in the region. The meeting will be chaired by Chris Hodgkins, the Director of the national jazz development agency Jazz Services . . . a recognition of how important our region is considered to be in the national jazz landscape.
The agenda for the meeting has yet to be drawn up, but it will be designed to allow the widest possible discussion, with the widest range of views aired . . . what sort of music do fans want to hear in the future? . . .how can the merged organization improve its marketing to reach a bigger audience? . . . can it help bring bands to places that are currently jazz-starved? . . . how can it work more closely with clubs, promoters and venues throughout the region? 
The answers to these, and many other questions, will help shape the provision of jazz in the region over the coming years. So, even if you haven’t been to a gig for ages (perhaps because you’re not happy with what’s currently on offer), don’t miss this opportunity to have your say. I’ll provide more information as it becomes available, but in the meanwhile I urge you to get this date into your diary.
Dave Clarke (JNE)

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