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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.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Dave Weisser Orchestra @ The Chillingham. February 18

Dave Weisser (trumpet & vocals), Ray Johnson (trumpet & flugelhorn), Don Forbes (trumpet), Helen Walker (trumpet), Rachel Richman (alto saxophone), Bridget Enever (soprano saxophone), Barry Ascroft (keyboards), Mike Clarke (electric bass), Norman Redhead (drums), Matthew MacKellar (drums) & Ian Forbes (drums)
(Review by Russell).
Another Wednesday night at the Chilli. Not quite. Much to the surprise and delight of workshop leader Dave Weisser a mini orchestra assembled before his very eyes. The regular participants were in attendance, one or two old hands showed up and two new sitters-in walked in.

And What if I Don’t? (Herbie Hancock). Solos all. In walked Matthew MacKellar, the ever-obliging Norman Redhead stepped aside. Round Midnight (potentially a tired old warhorse) sparkled; multi-coloured horns, MacKellar’s brushes, Ray Johnson’s flugel and Weisser’s classy vocals. Dinji heard Weisser singing once again and the first of the newcomers, Bridget Enever (soprano saxophone), announced her arrival in no uncertain terms. Don Forbes sat in and out, much of the time content to listen to his fellow brass players.
Boplicity (a nice number for brass and reeds) featured Johnson, Enever and a first solo of the night from bassist Mike Clarke. Miles’ Four (a Take it to the Bridge staple) heard not one, not two, not three, but four trumpets – Ray Johnson leading off, then the lyricism of Don Forbes, then the sight-reading Helen Walker and, of course Dave Weisser – and an off-the-cuff Weisser vocal fours with the sharp-eared MacKellar (rat-a-tat-tat rimshots for good measure!).
Trumpets (Forbes and Johnson, the muted Weisser), Rachel Richman’s alto, a piano trio work-out and MacKellar dispatching fours to the boundary dealt with Nardis. MacKellar gave way to Forbes I. Mr Ian Forbes got his mojo (hi hat) workin’ on Nostagia in Times Square and Nica’s Dream. Time was getting on. Weisser to Clarke: ‘Is that your pint?’ Clarke to Weisser: ‘No.’ Weisser: ‘Good! It must be mine.’ Israel. A hunched-over Mike Clarke peered at the dots, more soprano from Enever, more alto from Richman. No two sessions are alike at the Chilli. This week’s was a good one. More next week.                   Russell.

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