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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.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

CD Review: Ehud Asherie - Shuffle Along

Ehud Asherie (piano).
(Review by Lance).
This one swung in from left field! An Israeli pianist in his thirties playing, mainly, forgotten songs from the 1921 musical Shuffle Along isn't what usually lands on the semi-destroyed (by cat) doormat.
Music from 95 years ago that sounds even fresher today than it may have done then!
This is not to denigrate the legendary pianist Eubie Blake who wrote the score nor his co-pilot Noble Sissle who provided the lyrics for the show although this is purely an instrumental take.
Asherie strides across the decades with an almost disregard for genre. Stride, swing, modern - Waller, Tatum, Evans are all part of the mix and, of course, Eubie himself.
Apart from I'm Just Wild About Harry, Asherie plays it in four and then later in three, - take it from me Harry is a good waltzer! the other tunes are unfamiliar but well deserved of being Gasbooked. I'd like to hear vocal versions but, in the meantime, this has got to be one of the year's most enjoyable piano albums.
Gypsy Blues; I'm Just Wild About Harry; Everything Reminds Me of you; I'm Cravin' For That Kind of Love; Bandana Days; I'm Just Wild About Harry (waltz); If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brownskin; Goodnight Angeline; Love Will Find a Way.
Lance.
Release concert @ Mezzrow, NYC, on April 12.

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