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Nate Smith: "Record labels, booking agents, management, still can't imagine the drummer as bandleader" - (DownBeat January 2019).

Today Friday December 14

Afternoon

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free. Xmas party with Gavin Lee added to line-up.

Swing Manouche - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. Tel: 03000 269 524. 1:00pm. £5.00.

Evening

Boys of Brass - George Washington Hotel, Stone Cellar Road, High Heworth, Washington NE37 1PH. Tel: 0191 402 9988. 7:00pm. Xmas party night.

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.

Danny Reed - Customs House, Mill Dam, South Shields NE33 1ES. Tel: 0191 454 1234. 7:00pm. £19.95. Xmas swing with Danny Reed.

Classic Swing - Gateshead Fell Cricket Club, Eastwood Gardens, Low Fell NE9 5UB. Tel: 0191 420 0160. 8:00pm. £5.00.

Mike Sanchez & the Portions + Groove-a-matics - The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG. Tel: 01325 363135. 7:30pm. £18.00.

Will Howard Trio - Traveller’s Rest, West Auckland Road, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tel: 01642 468177. 8:30pm. £10.00.

Swamp Hoppers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Polly Parlourphone Trio @ the Prohibition Bar, Gateshead - February 3

Polly Parlourphone (vocal); Adam Sams (guitar); John Tilbury (bass guitar).
(Review by Lance).
Was I in Gateshead or was I in 1920's Chicago? On the south side, the New Century Ragtime Orchestra were entertaining the flappers at Caedmon Hall whilst over on the east side, in the Prohibition Bar, the top-hatted, skirtless Miss Polly Parlourphone tread the path pioneered by Ruth Etting, Annette Hanshaw, Helen Kane and Marlene  Dietrich. Indeed Frau Dietrich was the inspiration behind the outfit (film: The Blue Angel).
A rich contralto voice, Polly encapsulated the era to perfection with a choice selection of songs interpreted with much authenticity.
Lots of bo-boop-a-doing, theatrical gestures and pouting lips spread over 3  x 20-minute sets kept the audience captivated by her stage presence.
Ably assisted by Adam Sams on guitar and John Tilbury on Epiphone violin (viola?) Hofner style bass; two guys who did the business both solo-wise and in support, the evening just flew past.
First set: Hello my Baby; Why Don't You do Right?; I Wanna be Loved by You; Steam Rollin' Baby (I think); Don't be Like That.   
Second Set: Summertime (at last, an original take!); The Things I Love; Going Where the Cold Wind Blows; I Loves You Porgy; Lilli Marlene (I kid you not!)
Third Set: I Love my Baby; Falling in Love Again; They Can't Take That Away From me; Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen; Bella Ciao (Italian song sung in German!)
Encore: When You're Smiling.
The trio, who've been together for less than a year, are worth watching out for. Catch them when next they're in action (watch this space).
Lance.
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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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