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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.

Friday, February 01, 2013

Ray Chester's Funeral

As anticipated, there was a good turnout for the funeral of Trombonist, Arranger, Band-leader  Composer and All Round Good Egg, Ray Chester. Too many musicians present to single any one out. 
It was a service that told us volumes about the man and there was an atmosphere  of love and respect in the air.
We entered to a recording of the Ray Chester Big Band playing You Don't Know What Love is. Members of Ray's family spoke and read poetry, a recording of the band's vocalist Mia Webb singing The Folks Who Live on the Hill kept the mood musical before Graham Hardy, trumpet, and Colin Haikney, keyboard, gave a poignant rendition of What's New?
This was, I guess, a Humanist ceremony conducted by a lady whose name I omitted to get. She spoke eloquently and beautifully and I'd like to book her for my last gig!  
Afterwards, everyone was invited back to Ray's for refreshments and a jam session. Unfortunately, en route to the church, my exhaust had blown and my main priority was getting it fixed before I felt a hand on my collar.
I'm sure the session back at the house was the perfect ending to Ray's inspiring time on Earth.
Lance.

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