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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.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

CD Review: Charles McPherson - The Journey

Charles McPherson (alt); Keith Oxman (ten); Chip Stephens (pno); Ken Walker (bs); Todd Reid (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Is Charles McPherson the greatest living jazz master/saxophone player? On the strength of this disc I'm inclined to concur. I had similar thoughts back in the 1980's/early '90s, when I heard him at Newcastle's Corner House - and there were still a lot of grandmasters doing the rounds in those halcyon days!
His playing here is little short of perfection - the bebop, thankfully, is still there but so are the influences he picked up along the way by association with Mingus, Barry Harris and, naturally, Parker [McPherson provided the live alto solos in Eastwood's biopic Bird.] this may be the best alto playing you will hear all year and it's only February 3!
Having said that, this is no one man show. Keith Oxman blows enough tenor to suggest that, in years to come, he too will have reached legendary status! He's pretty damn close here!
The two saxes blend well and shine individually. Behind them is a rhythm section that the early bop pioneers would have died for.
My choice for January's CD of the Month was Capri's release - Jeff Hamilton Trio; Great American Songs. Although it's early days, I'm not betting against this being two in a row for Capri!
Lance.
Charles McPherson - The Journey is to be released on February 17 by Capri Records (74136-2)

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