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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.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Jam @ Salsa Café

Chris Finch (pno); Dave Parker (bs); Peter Ninnins (dms); Stuart Mckie (gtr); John Rowland (ten) + some lady songsters.
(Review by Lance)
The Salsa Café has a good atmosphere and the jam session seems to be picking up. I'm informed the owner likes the session and has asked for it to continue over Xmas and in to the new year and beyond.
Sessions will run from 3pm-6pm and blowers are invited to come along and blow. The singers have already taken root but, hopefully, the horn men will regroup and infiltrate the ranks of the "Now I'm going to sing Summertime" Brigade.
In fairness, none of today's nightingales sang Summertime.
Gabby was first up (I arrived late) and sang Skylark and Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You. Skylark soared but Gee Baby didn't quite hit the groove the singer was looking for.
BSH correspondent Kath Jobes sang Bye Bye Blackbird and Imagination - our girl did good.
Gabby returned with daughter and the pair duetted on My Favourite Things. What can I say? This is how most people learn to swim!
John Rowland blew an effective Stella by Starlight and was joined by a promising pianist whose name escapes me for Misty.
The second set opened with what may have been a Chris Finch original if it was I was/am impressed. Next up, yet another BSH correspondent took to the stage. Ann Alex gave us All of Me and A Foggy Day. the latter had some confusion intro-wise but, once the mist had cleared, the sun was shining everywhere. Well done AA.
Jen Errington's September in the Rain was a knock out and her I Only Have Eyes For You overcome another intro mishap to draw top applause.
I'd never heard Jenny sing before although I'd seen her around on the scene. Her chosen songs were Night and Day and Body and Soul. - two of the hardest songs in the gasbook. She handled them.
Singers apart, John Rowland blew some throaty tenor, Stuart McKie and Chris Finch kept the chordal base reinforced, Ninnin on drums booted it along and Dave Parker was, as ever, at the heart of things.
This afternoon jam is good but we need more horn players to come and have a blow.
More photos.
Lance.

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