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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, January 28, 2016

CD Review: Mike Westbrook & Company The Uncommon Orchestra - A Bigger Show Live.

When Release, the first Mike Westbrook album I encountered in the late 1960s, appeared I was absolutely floored! It was my initial encounter with what was then considered rather free. Perhaps my acceptance was assisted by the incorporation of a blast on Flying Home that flew even higher than Lionel Hampton had done!
There were other early albums I acquired and enjoyed: Celebration, Marching Songs etc. then our paths began to differ.
Westbrook moved on, I moved on, but at a slower pace.
Until now!
We're together again!
This is an album, a live album so awesome that it's far beyond my descriptive powers.
Think of Sun Ra or Mingus and The Black Saint and Sinner Lady and you're in the ball park - or rather the theatre. For this is music theatre of the highest level and Westbrook is a composer who, had he been born in Washington DC, New York City or the west coast of America rather than the south west of England, would surely have been given a Ducal title as opposed to his UK OBE. This is such an amazing album - straddles just about every genre known! I'm not going to attempt to single out individuals or even tracks,
This is a Festival must - are you listening Ros [Rigby]?
Mike Westbrook's 80 and I'm not that far behind him so it would be in both Mike and myself's interests to get him up here sooner rather than later.
Quite an album!
My only crit is the the title - A Bigger Show - Live.
Suggest replacing 'A Bigger' with 'The Biggest'.
For a comprehensive rundown and further details, visit 
Lance.
Mike Westbrook & Company: The Uncommon Orchestra - A Bigger Show Live, is released on ASC Records ascd162163 on Feb. 5..

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