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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, September 26, 2016

Scarborough Jazz Festival 2016 - Saturday September 24: SK2 Jazz Orchestra

(Review by Russell)
Things tend to run to time at Scarborough. At quarter past two, to time, MC Alan Barnes introduced the powerhouse SK2 Jazz Orchestra. Drummer Dave Tyas, Yorkshire born and bred, takes his band on the road whenever he can and an invitation to perform at the Spa was readily accepted. An all-Kenton programme (the clue is in the band name ‘SK2’)   enthralled an audience which, near as damn it, filled the hall. Some of those present were, no doubt, at one or more of Kenton’s British concert dates back in ’56.
Dave Tyas knows his Kenton. This festival set dipped into the extensive library available to interpreters of the music. Kenton’s staff arrangers – including Gerry Mulligan and Bill Holman – were duly noted by Tyas. A chronological presentation played little, or no part, in the bandleader’s thinking; What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (Gair Carson on alto), trumpeter Tom Sharp hitting the heights on Decoupage (comp/arr Hank Levy), and Yesterdays (from the Contemporary Concepts album, arr Bill Holman) a tenor saxophone feature for the impressive Rick Halliwell.

The SK2 revisited West Side StoryI Feel Pretty and Maria – with the spotlight on Ellie Smith (trombone). The Cuban Fire! suite heard telling contributions from Rod Mason (on this gig playing baritone), and Mike Burns (trumpet). Veteran altoist Munch Manship got the nod on several occasions to show what he could do and, to conclude the set, drummer Dave Tyas, soaked in sweat from a dynamic display, thanked the orchestra, Mike Gordon and all concerned, and went out on Intermission Riff.  
Russell.     
Dave Tyas (MD, drums), trumpets: Tom Sharp, Mark Gillbanks, Steve Valentine, Mike Burns; trombones: Chris Fidler, Ellie Smith, Gareth Hodge, Josh Cirtina; reeds: Munch Manship (alto saxophone), Gair Carson (alto & baritone saxophones), Rick Halliwell (tenor saxophone), Joanne Kerrigan (tenor saxophone), Rod Mason (baritone saxophone); piano: Sean Miller; double bass: Richards Keats 

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