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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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kenny Barron Platinum Trio @ the Cour De L' Hotel-De-Ville, Geneva Old Town. July 15

Kenny Barron (piano); George Mraz (contrabasse); Lewis Nash (batterie)
(Review by Ron Ainsborough)
On a very hot evening this concert took place an open atrium surrounded by a very old beautiful stone building, an absolutely terrific setting. A sell out as well!
What a trio! Kenny Barron played all styles of piano and his music covered many different genres of jazz, which we all know he is more than capable of. His solo dedicated to Monk, Blue Monk, was great and the trio was top drawer playing standards mixed with one or two own compositions. He even touched on free form within one number to great effect, but used as a contrast within the mainly melodic composition. it did not break the three rules that I love, Rhythm – Harmony - Melody.
Coincidentally, I have only seen the brilliant George Mraz once and that was on my one and only visit to Birdland a few years ago and he was with Billy Hart that night (who I also saw play with his own band last November in Europe). Small world!
Lewis Nash is not on many recordings for nothing, he is up there with the best ( including Billy Hart) and played an absorbing drum solo which with drums I generally find very difficult to hold my attention for very long. Not so in his case, superb throughout the whole concert.
Loved ever minute of it !!!!!!!!                         
Ron.

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