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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.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jazz Jam @ Hoochie

Peter Gilligan (pno ); John Pope (bs); Steve Gledinning (gtr); Jeff Armstrong (dms)
The evening began ominously - a missing hi-hat thingimybob! Fortunately, after searching the place, many phone calls and a subsequent taxi-drive, a replacement was found. Well done Jeff.
Now for the music.
It wasn't going to be easy. A boisterous corporate crowd set the atmosphere and, with the exception of a somewhat dreary Metheny number,  the guys did the business.
Straight No Chaser, Stella and the most swinging Waltz For Debbie you'll ever here - and in 3/4 time throughout! Even when the shot and shell was flying there were no 4/4 cop-outs. 
The band were firing on all cylinders and nobody hung back. Bouncin' With Bud,  Cantaloupe Island, My Favourite Things and Mr PC were superb - in fact there was only one thing wrong.
It was a Jam Session but where were the Jammers?
For once there was neither singer nor swinger prepared to dip their toes into the nectar that flows through Hoochie Coochie,
Despite that, it was still a grand night for swinging with all four players hitting one hundred and eighty..
No session next week as the room is booked for a "Private Function".
Lance.

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