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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, July 06, 2014

Djangologie @ Ashington Jazz Club July 2

Emma Fisk  (Violin), James Birkett (Guitar),  Giles Strong (Guitar), Mick Shoulder (Bass).
(Review by Peter S.)
The spirit of Django and the flavour of the Hot Club de France returned to the AJC for the July meeting        when the popular Djangologie  took our stage  to deliver a menu of exquisite  music which  appealed to the  members' taste buds.  The popularity of this quartet attracted some first time visitors to the Elephant who were welcomed by the regular patrons and they did not leave disappointed. A good and lively audience warmly responded to the instrumental programme with passion and enthusiasm. 
As the evening progressed their appetite and eagerness to hear more was rewarded with each new course.  Approval was more than justified. Mick’s command of French may have greatly improved as most items were introduced in that “romantic” language but to tell you the truth I couldn’t understand a word of it.  Fortunately his Durham humour in advance of the melodies conveyed the essence of the music and I was pleased to be given a copy of the written programme which eased my anxieties. This group never fails to give pleasure and each instrument offers many surprises and  it was not unexpected when our audience gave a standing ovation at the finale.  
It is truly a delight to have in our region musicians of the calibre of Emma , James, Giles and Mick who work so well together as a unit reproducing the music of Django and Stephane. We thank them for appearing in down town   Ashington (The Hirst).  John Taylor awarded James B. with a certificate, a first for the Club, as he announced that Jim and his guitar had supported AJC for 25 Years appearing for the First time on December 1, 1989. John “Jazz” is quite an historian on Jazz N.E. as a collector of memorabilia and added to the certificate the report on that event from the Morpeth Herald. James was surprised and I think a little shocked but we all thank him for his services to the most Northerly Jazz Club in  England.  I must mention finally the contribution by the two Bilboa Dancers.
PROGRAMME (with apologies for mis-spelling)…Dinah, Mon Premiere Guitar, Fuille D’Automne, Hunn O Pani Naschella, Cigano Bolero,  Songe D’Automne, Artillerie Lourdes, Stompin’ at Decca, Minor Swing, Blues for Dr. , Song for Izumi, Beautiful till 3, Swing 39, Veisha No Drom, Silapa Swing Mire Pral, Dark Eyes.  (Well I did try.)
NEXT MEETING – Paul Skerritt (excellent vocalist in Sinatra and Bublé style) with his young but superb Trio.  Wednesday, August  6th. At 8.00 p.m. The Elephant. See you there.
Peter S. 

1 comment :

Peter S said...

Thanks once again for publishing the Review. This looks so much better when you have added colour.
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