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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, October 27, 2012

"We'll Make Fun For You" - 2012 Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party Day 2 Saturday Oct. 27.

Josh Duffee   (drums/leader). Rico Tomasso,     René Hagmann & AndySchumm (trumpets), Kris Kompen (trombone), Matthias Seuffert, Jean-François Bonnel, Michael McQuaid  & Gavin Lee (reeds), Keith Nichols (piano/vocal), Martin Wheatley (banjo) and Richard Pite (sousa).Mike Durham, Spats Langham (vcl).
(Review by Lance.)
I was on stewarding duty although, being the second day not much stewarding was required - it had all been done yesterday - most fans come for the weekend and shack up at the Village Inn which is a very shackable establishment. However, I was driving and night driving isn't my forté so I couldn't stay for all the sessions after my stewarding was done. Tomorrow I shall take the 309 bus from The Haymarket which I should have done today.
My biggest regret is missing the  Four's A-Plenty set by Rene Hagmann (cornet), Jean-Francoise Bonnell (sop/clt), Manu Hagmann (bass) and Roly Veitch (guitar). This was a tribute to the Bechet-Spanier Four whom many, myself included, see as the precurser to the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. Hopefully the man from Jazz Lives recorded it.
I did manage to catch the last number of a tribute to Graeme Bell and his Australian Jazz Band. They were excellent although I couldn't help but reflect and wonder who, back in the early nineteen-fifties, would have imagined such a tribute being paid all these years on? Then again, I doubt if McKinney's Cotton Pickers thought they would be remembered maybe 80 years later in a north east English coastal town!
But that was what this set was all about - a foot-tapping set recreating the music of McKinney's Cotton Pickers which was the only full set I was able to catch but it was most enjoyable with plenty good solos and vocals including one by festival Major-Domo Mike Durham - resplendent in a beige dinner jacket and boutonnière. Mike's vocals included Baby Won't You Please Come Home and I Want a Little Girl. Keith Nichols also sang and played piano and Spats Langham's numbers included There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder and It's Tight Like That.
In the above photo on the left, Enrico Tomasso (l) and J.C. Hallam are wheeling and dealing mutes. On the right Matthias Seuffert is preparing a tribute to Roland Kirk (joking!) 
More from Jazz Lives. 
Lance

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