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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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Early Birds @ The Jazz Café – April 15

(Review by Russell)
A bright and breezy Saturday morning. Their regular Saturday morning workshop done, the Early Birds were ready to admit the paying public. Teenage musicians under the tutelage of Paul Edis, the Early Birds develop apace and an audience keeps on turning up to hear what they’ve been up to. The half hour set flies by, just enough time to drink that coffee (or beer) and scoff a Jazz Café scone (home made by Natalie).
Baritone saxophonist Ryan De Silva led the way on But Not For Me followed by Matthew Downey, guitar. Ben Lawrence playing keyboards suggested a tune of his own (the title temporarily alludes your reviewer), a tune deservedly in the pad alongside time-honoured material. MD Paul Edis, on flute, James Metcalf, flugel (on loan from Mr G Hardy), and the composer himself, the soloists.
Bassist Alex Shipsey is a listening musician, excellent throughout, sat to the left of Berklee-bound drummer Matthew MacKellar. RNCM undergraduate Dan Lawrence depped, albeit briefly, for Alex Shipsey, and the other Alex, Alex Thompson, blew some good alto on My Favourite Things. Thirty minutes later…time to go out on Bird’s Yardbird Suite. The next Early Bird session, date TBC, will be at the Lit and Phil. Eleven o’clock on a Saturday, you’re coming into town anyway, so, drop by the Lit & Phil to catch up with what’s going on. Two pounds on the door, it’s well worth it.
You don’t have to wait too long to hear some of these young musicians again. This Tuesday (April 18) there will be a contingent of them at the Jazz Café’s jam session. Free admission, eight o’clock start, you won’t believe how good they are. Go on, make the effort, you’ll conclude that jazz is alive and kicking!   Russell.       
James Metcalf (trumpet & flugelhorn), Alex Thompson (alto saxophone), Ryan De Silva (baritone saxophone), Matthew Downey (guitar), Ben Lawrence (keyboards), Alex Shipsey (bass), Matthew MacKellar (drums) & Paul Edis (MD, flute) + Dan Lawrence (bass)      

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