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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.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Strictly Smokin' Big Band @ The Millstone Feb.26.

(Review by Lance).
When you've heard a band so many times the problem you are presented with is what can you say that you haven't already said before? 
The answer is found in the equation w + x + y = n².
w = enthusiasm, x = superb arrangements, y = brilliant soloists, n = Basie (and the rest) squared!
Not that this is a mathematically regimentated band - far from it! They're tight when it needs to be tight and loose when fluidity calls.
My colleague Russell thought the piece about somebody having his toenail removed was fantastic - Black Nail?
This was an occasion where Russell and I disagreed - personally I'd have preferred to have had my toenail removed.
Having said that, the dissonance did have a certain left of centre appeal - imagine Kenton's Neophonic Orchestra playing Peanut Vendor and all the musicians suffering from a peanut allergy.
Away from that moment the band dug deep and, despite the deps - or maybe because of them - it swung.
Vocals from Lindsay and James, solos from the big hitters plus contributions from Jamie and Dave (big hitters in their own right) made this the best, last Thursday in the month for free, gig in town!
Lance.
Michael Lamb (tpt/md); Dave Holman, Dick Stacey, Ben Chinery (tpt); Keiran Parnaby, Mark Ferris, Tom Dowling, Robert Perry (tmb); Keith Robinson, Dave Kerridge (alt); Paul Gowland, Jamie Toms (ten); Laurie Rangecroft (bar); Graham Don (pno); Bradley Johnston (gtr); Michael Went (bs); Guy Swinton (dms/compere); Lindsay Hannon, James Hedley (vcls).

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