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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.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Jazz Co-op @ The Globe: The Claire Kelly Trio - July 18

Claire Kelly (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); John Pope (bass)
(Review by Ann Alex/Photo courtesy of Emily Adam)
From the opening song, No Moon At All, I was struck by the rich tone of Claire’s voice which was a sheer joy to listen to. Ms Kelly has been away singing in Thailand for quite a while, doing soul and reggae almost every evening, and the experience seems to have enhanced her voice (mind it was good before she went).  Add to that the superb guitar of Williams and Pope’s adventurous bass providing long solos, and you have a great night of jazz.  I just wish the audience had been more numerous, but there were many other musical events last night such as the Americana Festival at the Sage.
And so the songs continued, sung with feeling and real style, Beautiful Love, with a bass opening; Born To Be Blue; I Cried For You. Everybody Wants To Be A Cat was slinky, with voice and bass only and lots of high notes from the bass, even on the ‘wrong’ side of the bridge.  The first half was rounded off with a quiet, sensitive Mr Ugly a homage to Carmen McRae. The second half gave us songs such as a happy blues, The Blues Are Out Of Town; Song For You; Taking A Chance On Love;
I Concentrate On You; At Long Last Love.  The final song was a tour de force with alterative titles, Unlucky Woman or Go Wild, sung with passion, and a long solo from Mark full of insistent riffs and bent notes, great listening.
Claire is leaving the country again in about 6 weeks, so you’d better catch her at Durham on August 6 before she goes, otherwise you’ll miss a treat.
Ann Alex.
(Durham date now corrected - see comment)

1 comment :

Debra said...

Just a correction! The Claire Kelly Trio will be the next "Jazz Session" at Empty Shop HQ in Durham on Thursday August 6th (not 7th as stated in review)