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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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

CD Review: Eileen Howard - Big City Love

Eileen Howard (vcl); Michael Raye (keys); Nat Janoff (gtr); Eddy Khairnovich (bs); Darrell Smith (dms); Daniel Bennett (saxes); Matthew Owens (tpt).
(Review by Lance).
The love in the album title is New York, the songs are a mix of Howard originals, songs related to the most famous city in the world (sorry London, Paris, Newcastle) and other numbers where the connection may be tenuous but the Broadway/42nd St./downtown/uptown feeling is always there.
Howard, is a gal working in an overpopulated field but, with Ella, Billie, Anita, Peggy and so many others out of the race, her discs are going to show.
A voice that is bluesy, occasionally theatrical (in the nicest sense of the term) and always totally immersed in the lyric. 
Manhattan is simply fantastic. One minute it's in English, well no, it's  actually American (girl/goil) then it's in French - brilliant! 
This lady is a singer, composer, arranger and one who makes you believe the words she is singing.
Behind her are some of New Yorks finest all contributing to this rather special bite of the Big Apple.
The final track sums it up - But Beautiful!
Eileen's version of Sunday in New York should be adopted by the city's tourist board!
Big City Love is released on March 31 and the launch party is at West End Avenue (West End & West 107th at Broadway).
Details.
Lance.

2 comments :

Mlyn said...

Your rendition of Sunday In New York. representing NYC. Well! Can't wait to hear the rest of your love songs to the Big City . . .

Eileen Howard said...

Thanks so much, Lance! Thanks for spreading the gospel of Jazz and I hope to meet you in person one day.