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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 08, 2013

Zoe Gilby Trio @ The Lit and Phil












Zoe Gilby (vcl); Andy Champion (bs); Mark Williams (gtr).
(Review by Lance.)
This was a class gig - they even had programmes. Don't see that very often apart from, say, at the Albert Hall. However, this was the Literary and Philosophical Society and they know how put on a Recital - particularly when Paul Edis is at the helm.
It was a well attended event requiring extra seats to be drafted in. To get artists of the calibre of the above three for a quid each is a mega bargain.
They were worth more - considerably more.

Zoe's program was, by and large, a tried and tested one but, like all good jazzers, the tunes may have been familiar but the interpretation was rarely predictable. . 
Of the Zoe/Andy originals, as always, my favourite was Midnight Bell. the song inspired by Patrick Hamilton's Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky. Surprisingly, bearing in mind we were in the Literary and Philosophical Society, when Zoe asked if any one was familiar with Patrick Hamilton's work there was no response!
However, I digress, getting back to the music Zoe looked and sounded great - she seems to get better each time around - the air in Finland must have purified her vocal chords - or should it be the other way around for a jazz singer? Andy and Mark displayed the mastery of their instrument that we've come to expect and the 60 minute set simply flew by.
What a lovely way to spend an hour on a Friday lunchtime - and the bottled ale is only £2.50!
Next in the series is on March 8 and features the Paul Edis Trio.
Lance.
PS: Jazz North East present Alister Spence Trio with Raymond MacDonald plus Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston tonight at the Lit and Phil. Details in today's listings.