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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, November 11, 2013

Splinter Jam Session @ The Bridge

Alan Law (pno); John Pope (bs); Andy Champion (dms) + sitters in.
The house trio got the ball rolling with a couple of numbers including a swinging There is no Greater Love. Bass player Andy Champion was on drums, Bass player John Pope was on bass and occasional alto player Alan Law was on piano. A good combination.
Alan Law remained at the keyboard as Jim Crinson took over on bass, Eric Stutt got behind the kit, the Findens - Stuart and Fiona brandished tenors and three of the five sported trendy headgear - who says jazz is old hat?! Sartorially speaking, Alan Law's highly polished brown shoes got the verdict.
Fiona sang In a Sentimental Mood and sang it well whilst Stuart set the benchmark for tenor playing.
Kath Jobes raved over a new singer who turned up at Salsa last night and sang Smile - Christine Ben-Ameh. Well Christine turned up at the Bridge and once again sang Smile.
Kath's enthusiasm was totally justified and I've got a feeling we're going to hear a lot more about this young lady. Her soulful interpretation drew a mountain of applause.
Next up another tenor saxman whose name I didn't catch. He too wore a hat and blew up such a storm we should have all been wearing hats! Coltrane Lives! His version of Georgia on my Mind had the intensity and earthiness of a Ray Charles vocal coupled with an instrumental technique that extended the range of the tenor to a harmonic land that even piccolo players could only dream about - must be the magic hat!
By now Jonathan Marriott had taken over on drums and it was left to John Rowland to carry on the tenor odyssey with a nicely paced Ornithology followed by Over the Rainbow
Throughout, Alan Law had worked diligently and quite brilliantly behind all and sundry and was due a well-earned break. Likewise John Pope who relinquished the double bass to bassist turned drummer turned bassist Andy Champion, joined on stage by Mrs Champion - Zoe Gilby.
The bass/vocal duo did, I think, Baghdad? and Way Down in the Hole. They just get better and better.
The evening rounded off with Stu and Fiona returning for On Green Dolphin St. and God Bless the Child. There may have been more but the number 27 was on the horizon...
Splendid evening.
Photos.
Lance.

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