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Today Wednesday January 29

Afternoon

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues/Soul/Funk etc.

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ruth Lambert & Dean Stockdale @ The Jazz Café. November 15

Ruth Lambert (vcl); Dean Stockdale (pno).
(Review by Russell/photo courtesy of Mike Tilley).
‘Have you met Ms Lambert? Mr Stockdale let me introduce you to Ruth Lambert. Ruth, this is Dean. Pleased to meet you’ Saturday night at the Jazz Café, Ruth Lambert, well established on the scene, met up with pianist Dean Stockdale for the first time to play a set of standards. Vocalist Lambert’s pad numbers a couple of hundred songs or so. The newly formed duo talked through a few tunes, scribbled down some favourites and they were ready to go to work.
Like Someone in Love, My Funny Valentine, What is This Thing Called Love? The duo worked well together from the off. Lambert’s distinctive phrasing demands the best of any accompanist and Stockdale was learning on the stand, quickly getting to grips with the vocalist’s magical timing and innate sense of swing. Ms Lambert sings the blues as well as anyone and would you believe it, Stockdale plays a mean piano blues? Lambert, Stockdale and Ms Bonnie Raitt’s Love Me Like a Man. It was good, real good. The Jazz Café attracts its share of chatter boxes and they were in the mood for some serious chat, chat, chat. Somewhere Over the Rainbow didn’t stop them. Oblivious they were. Perhaps a bottle of Geordie Jazz, the Jazz Café’s exclusive house beer, would miraculously make them stop and listen. No matter, other more discerning folk listened, knowing they were being treated to a GASbook masterclass.
Almost Like Being in Love, Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You? (Stockdale went to town on the blues) and Taking a Chance on Love (excellent stride piano) heard the duo at their best, albeit the latter number fell apart at the end. Who cares? For a first meeting this was a fantastic gig,  Autumn Leaves came as a request; Lambert poignantly referred to her friend, the late Paul Gamblin. The tune will, for Ms Lambert, forever be associated with the guitarist. An up tempo number – Come Fly with Me – floated us down to Peru where the air is rarefied (paraphrased!). Has Nelson Riddle’s arrangement ever been bettered?
Teach Me Tonight – the realisation that Lambert can sing this one in a duo and in front of a big band. Class. A dark rendition of Round Midnight (at about eleven) and to close, the upbeat ‘S Wonderful.  ‘S Wonderful indeed.    
If Lambert and Stockdale don’t do it again then I’m Frank Sinatra... Come fly with me, fly me to the…      
Russell.

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