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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.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Notes from day one of the Durham City Jazz Festival. June 2.

(Review by Steve T)
I returned home in the early hours after Friday night wanting to write my review while I was still buzzing but, with a DJ set to prepare and an early start the next day... I find, writing this on Sunday morning, I'm still buzzing.
This is a multi-venue event across the city with the focus on an outdoor area at Fowlers Yard and the Empty Shop Just across the river. The Empty Shop already has the coolest regular jazz night in the region and will have made many new friends this weekend, with its eternally friendly welcome from festival co-creator Carlo and his eternally patient partner Ali.
Three bands at the Empty Shop meant I didn't get to the Old Cinema Laundrette for what I believe was their first foray into Jazz with Mick Shoulders Swing Manouche, but people began trickling down with reports of a sell-out and a triumph, some who hadn't heard Lord Edis before, some not realising he was the clarinettist. He returns to the Festival tonight (Sunday) with Triptych.
Three trios at the Empty Shop on Friday, first up Senza Frame with a Durham Uni connection and I wasn't sure at first how up my street it would be, but I quickly came around to their futuristic grooves from drums, some impressive 'proper' piano playing and a third playing mostly electronic sounds and occasional sax.
Toon band Taupe next and the type of free-blowing soundscapes Jazz North East put on at the Bridge in Newcastle and these were up with the best of them.
With everything that's going on in the North East, and Durham doing better than most, it feels like we're on the cusp of something great with Faye MacCalman and Archipelago surely at the forefront. Fresh from her tour with the Unthanks, they were more rhythmic and melodic than I'd expected. I always try to buy albums from up and coming bands but I'd have bought there's anyway and have fast-tracked it to the top of the ever-growing heap.
Festivals are often as good as their jam sessions and this was a blinder. With the absence of a bass, up-stepped trooper John Pope from Archipelago to give it some order, a solid backbone and some sterling soloing. Faye and the saxophonist from Taupe briefly made up a three sax section but their places were gradually taken by ordinary punters. By definition these feature musicians of mixed abilities and it fell to precocious teenage guitarist to take control with one of those solos which should have been too long but you wanted  it to go on and on. Pope favourite Spain brought a memorable night to a close.
If we can get this on quickly enough, please try to get to Fowlers Yard this evening (Sunday) for the Steve Glendenning Quartet featuring the extraordinary vibraphonist Chris Jelly. Then face the choice between brilliant multi-saxophonist Sue Ferris, with another teenage whiz-kid Matthew MacKellar depping on drums, or a two minute walk to the Empty Shop for our very own Duke Ellington, Lord Paul and a trio Triptych.
Steve T.

2 comments :

Russell said...

Great review Steve!

Steve T said...

Sorry you couldn't make it. Trust you are well.