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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 29, 2012

Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party - Day 3, Sunday October 28.


(Review by Lance.)
Well, with the help of the Metro and the number 309 - and, of course, that Good Old Wagon the number 27 for the final leg of the return trip I made it.
The Whitley Bay Jazz Party is  something special and well worth the problems non-drivers or reluctant drivers (myself) sometimes face.
If the worst came to the worst I'd walk!
It's simply a wonderful, friendly weekend.
The sets I caught today were; Trumbology -  a wonderful tribute to Frankie Trumbauer, Miss Lil and Lady Blanche - Cecile McLorin Salvant remembering Lil Armstrong and Blanche Calloway, and Save it Pretty Mama - Bent Persson taking a look at the 1928 recordings Louis Armstrong made with Earl Hines.
This latter concert had the multi-faceted Martin Litton in the role of Earl Hines. On Saturday he was Mary Lou Williams and on Thursday Teddy Wilson. He was also himself at several other concerts! Persson and Enrico Tomasso shared the role of Louis.
Cecile didn't disappoint, laying down the same high quality that mesmerised us at The Sage on Thursday, but surprising me at least, by the number of fine, yet little known, tunes associated with both her chosen artists. From pianist Lil Armstrong came It's Murder, Bluer Than Blue, Just For a Thrill - perhaps the best known tune and one which has a well deserved place in many singer's repertoire - and Harlem on a Saturday Night. For this part of her set, Tomasso (cornet) and Jean-Francoise Bonnel (ten/clt), made up the front line whilst "down in the engine room" we had Martin Seck (pno); Malcolm Sked (bs/sousa); Nick Ward (dms) and of course Roly Veitch on guitar.
Blanche Calloway, sister of Cab, provided Cecile with a little known Cole Porter tune, I'm Getting Myself Ready For You followed by Misery, You Ain't Living Right, Blue Memories and Growling Dad. This part of  the statuesque lady's set saw the band augmented by Persson, the amazing young trombone player Alistair Allan and saxists Rene Hagmann and Thomas Winteler. The sound was good and the solos superb. As for the vocals - perfection!
Yesterday Josh Duffee was a Cottonpicker, today he was Chauncey Moorhouse clip-clopping along behind some Bix and Tram classics. Ostrich Walk from 1927 opened it up. Andy Schumm could have been born in Davenport so authentic was his Bixian solo (transcribed I guess but so what? Who's going to better it?) The three saxes - Michael McQuaid, Matthias Seuffert and Stéphane Gillot - had a lovely 3 alto chorus. Norman Field doubled on C melody sax and alto with Franz Sjostrom on bass sax. Duke Heitger augmented or replaced Schumm on some numbers, Kristoffer Kompen blew trombone like Miff Mole and Emma Fisk, compared elsewhere to Joe Venuti, was a one woman string section. Keith Nicholls (pno), Martin Wheatley (bjo/gtr) along with Duffee on drums made up the rhythm section and the whole shebang chugged along like a souped-up Stanley Steamer.
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans, Cryin' All Day, Turn on the Heat (vocal by Spats Langham), I'm Comin' Virginia, Three Blind Mice, Borneo (more Spats), Singin' The Blues and the wonderful Wringing and Twisting made this a most enjoyable set.
These concerts that I've looked at represent but the tip of a weekend that ran each day from noon, sometimes earlier, through to early hours jam sessions in the Victory Pub.
Mike and Patti Durham and their helpers certainly put on an inspired and impressive programme which explains why so many folk have already booked up for 2013!
Photos,
Lance.

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