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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 24, 2015

CD Review: ISQ - Too

Irene Serra – vocals; Richard Sadler – double bass; Chris Nickolls -  drums; John Crawford – piano.
(Review by Debra M.)
‘Too’, the second album from Irene Serra’s quartet, is a collection of 8 original songs, with well-penned lyrics largely musing on various aspects of relationships.  Serra’s  warm, bluesy & delicate voice remains to the fore throughout,  with the relatively restrained John Crawford on piano supplementing with riffs & chords in the background. 
In contrast, Richard Sadler’s  double bass gives  melodic counterpoint, and is  particularly effective in the second track ‘Falling Stars’, where he also  plays one of the few solos on the album.  The melancholic ‘Tears of a Clown’ stands out, with delicate and spacious backing from the trio.  In ‘Zion’,  Chris Nickolls grooves  a  rhythmic dynamism,  which may be why it has been selected as a single release.  Crawford finally lets loose in the last track ‘Light and Shade’, allowing his colleagues on drums & bass to develop the dynamic of the trio.  Maybe the limited use of improvisation  reflects the  quartet’s ‘development of   their crossover sound’, but some of these tunes  may  benefit from a little more musical exploration, and would  be more compelling as a consequence.
Debra M.

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