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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 04, 2013

Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party @ Village Hotel nr. Shiremoor. Day 3 Evening.Nov. 3.

Sustenance in the Victory Bar in the form of a half rack of ribs embalmed with BBQ sauce and washed down with a glass of house white set me up for the final session of what has been a memorable festival with so many outstanding players - including four ladies. Daryl, Cécile, Emma and Aurélie Tropez who played terrific clarinet in the Tiny Parham tribute on Saturday Afternoon. I didn't catch any of Anne Barnhart's  flute sessions with hubby Jeff, but I've heard her before so I know she too should be on the distaff A team
Tonight it was Swing Out! with a recreation of the  Luis Russell Orchestra that set our feet a-tapping with some of the hottest sounds heard this year. Then Cécile became Bessie Smith for the next hour in a program that included Muddy Water; My Sweetie Went Away; Sam Jones' Blues; You Ought to be Ashamed and You've Gotta Give me Some.
Magic!
The following themes were to follow - Johnny Dodds' Black Bottom Stompers; Al Bowlly (Spats Langham) Sings Ray Noble and The Progress of Ellington, a look at some of Duke's later work, but by this time I was feeling a little non compos mentis and decided that for me, the party was over. 
It had been a good one and the news is that they're doing it all again next year on Nov. 7-9.
Already the advance bookings are coming in!
Lance.
PS: I know I've missed a lot of names out but, trust me, every man and woman(child) was worthy of their place on stage and I know many will be back next year.
PPS: The behind the scenes work involved in an undertaking like this is tremendous and our thanks go out to Patti Durham for a job well done despite the heartache it must have,  at times, created.
Also king size medals to Allan Walton and the rest of the gang.

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