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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, December 13, 2013

CD Launch: The River Flows at Night - Saxophonics @ The Lit and Phil

Keith Robinson (alt/sop); Steve Summers (alt/Ten); Graeme Wilson (ten); Niall Armstrong (bar).
(Review by Lance)
Much of the material played was from Saxophonics recent CD The River Flows at Night which I reviewed last month. 
This afternoon was used to launch the CD to a very well attended Lit and Phil and, if the reception given was anything to go by, they should have shifted a few. The live performance was every bit as good as the CD which is praise indeed. However, in keeping with the time of year there were some seasonal items not on the disc but which still made for good listening.
Silent Night was full of rich harmonies and splendid solos from Steve and Keith that really  opened up the carol in a most delightful way. Graeme Wilson did the arrangement as he did on all but two of the ten numbers. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen must surely be the most swinging of all Christmas carols. It was fast and furious, super solos and at times reminiscent of Four Brothers. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem was cool and relaxed but the finale - Chestnuts Etc was an extravaganza of changing moods and time signatures. I'm sure the composer, Mel Tormé would have loved it.
Of the non Christmas pieces Niall Armstrong's chunky Miner Niner was as rollicking as his Gently Does It was warm and tender. Graeme's The New Wallaw is always interesting not least because of the stories that surround it. A long derelict Blyth cinema that once had trees taking root inside has now re-opened as a Wetherspoon's pub.
The tempo would have suited the clientèle in its days as a cinema. The car chase in The Italian Job sprung to mind as the four saxes drove fearlessly down a mountain pass. Or, in its present guise, a pint of Abbott's Ale served with just the right amount of head. Both beer and music with the perfect texture.
A splendid afternoon.
Lance.

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