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Monday, July 27, 2015

Dean Stockdale @ The Vermont Hotel - July 26

Dean Stockdale (piano)
(Review by Russell)
The third and final day of the Sunderland International Air Show. The forecast suggested the flying machines could be grounded. In the event they just about got away with it. The first spots of rain landed in Newcastle city centre ‘round four o’clock.
The Vermont Hotel’s late-Sunday afternoon piano jazz set had, without fanfare/publicity, been brought forward a couple of hours to two o’clock. Thankfully Dean Stockdale knew about the change and arrived on time!
The Redwood Bar does Sunday afternoon teas. As Stockdale sat at the piano, guests nibbled at scones, iced slices of whatever, stacked three stories high on multi-story silver plates. An afternoon treat for the gluttonous, the jazz an afternoon treat for the listening few (one).
Have You Met Miss Jones? (the Redwood Bar the perfect rendezvous should one seek an out-of-the-way place for that quiet/illicit meeting), I Get a Kick Out of You, Stockdale did the job, played first class material, the audience, had it materialised, would have loved it.
As one guest left the hotel, the headlights of his Mini shone brightly against the charcoal-grey sky. The rain came tumblin’ down, hotel staff cleared tables, Dean Stockdale played Tenderly. Job done.
Russell.

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