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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, June 23, 2016

CD Review: LaVon Hardison - Come Together.

LaVon Hardison (vocals);  David Joyner (piano, organ);  Osama Afifi  (bass);  Jeff Busch (drums, percussion, cover art); Brad Schrandt  (flute, sax)
(Review by Ann Alex)
I may as well cut to the quick for the 2nd of my postal CDs – could do better.  I’d go as far as to say that you can hear more adventurous and interesting jazz at a Tuesday Jazz Cafe jam session, or a Saturday evening Globe gig. Mind, I have to say that we do breed a high standard of local musicians.
Boston (USA) born LaVon Hardison did training in classical and opera singing and has worked in TV, film and voiceovers. Come Together is her third album, which attempts to erase the boundaries of jazz, funk and soul. The CD covers jazz standards, contemporary songs such as Sunny, and numbers by the likes of Bernstein, Bacharach and Lennon/McCartney. Hardison’s voice is a rich alto, but she performs the songs mostly ‘straight’ rather than with jazz-like improvisation, except for Close To You, which is refreshingly jazzy. The musicians are mostly competent, especially the pianist, but I was a bit irritated by the rather repetitive, samey drumming and percussion.  I feel that this band could do better and they’ve missed an opportunity.
The track list is: Tomorrow; Sunny; Maybe (Strayhorn); Come Together: Alfie; Unchain My Heart; Better Than Anything;: Close To You; Some Other Time.
The CD is self released. See www.LaVonHardison.com
Ann Alex

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