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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, July 03, 2017

From Buenos Aires to Newcastle - The Sotavento Big Band

(Press release)
Sunday July 9. The Globe Jazz Bar, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
The orchestra shared the stage with numerous groups of high professional level of Argentina and Europe and became one of the most active Big Band at the Buenos Aires jazz scene. Between 14 and 31 August 2015 the orchestra made his first European Tour and in July 2017 the orchestra will make his second tour of Europe.
This Big Band has the distinction of having replaced the trombones and trumpets by saxophones, giving a very warm sound.
Sotavento Big Band appeared in the most diverse national and international stages: the band performed at Jazz Festivals Pinamar, Villa Gesell, San Miguel del Monte and the subway Jazz Festival. It also played in Notorious, Jazz Voyeur Club (Hotel Meliá) and different events in the major hotels of Buenos Aires and the Atlantic coast. Between April and September 2014 the orchestra performed a weekly cycle Jazz at Cafe Concert Theatre The Cube. In 2015 he participated in the cycle “Jazz Room” in the Francisco Urondo Cultural Center of the Faculty of Philosophy at the UBA and cycle “Jazz and Architecture” organized by the Central Society of Architects. During 2016, Sotavento Big Band performed more than 20 shows.
The first European Tour was declared of “Special Cultural Interest” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina. The tour included Switzerland, France, Italy and Serbia. Sotavento Big Band was invited to perform on the main stage of “Nišville International Jazz Festival” in Serbia, one of the 10 most important festivals of Jazz in Europe and offered shows in various theatres and jazz clubs in France, Italy and Switzerland.

During the European tour, Sotavento Big Band recreated the classic big bands jazz standards of the swing era, such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie, among others. The
repertoire presented in Europe also included songs of Tango and Folklore - Astor Piazzolla especially- with arrangements made especially for the orchestra who had a remarkable public response. For example, Serbian media said it was “the first time he heard in Serbia tango in a format of Big Band”. In total, the tour lasted 20 days when the orchestra traveled more than 6,000 kilometres and performed 18 shows.

The band recorded two albums: “Sotavento Big Band” and “10 Years”. The first CD was presented at the ND Ateneo, being in the history of theatre the first jazz group to do two sold out functions. Something similar happened in 2013 with the presentation of the second disc held in The Hidden Club of Buenos Aires. The repertoire presented in the European tour will be reflected in their 3rd CD that the band will start recording in 2016.

The orchestra members are Andrés Veltri, Sergio Cisneros, Florencia Crnko, Horacio Baldassarre, Fernando Castel, Duilio Giri, Miguel Bensadon, Sergio Risoli, Fernando
Crespo, Enrique Gallo Calderon, Ezequiel Angeleri, Cristian Cor, Patricia Leguizamon and Gustavo Firmenich, director
and tango and jazz musician with a great career both nationally and internationally. Saxophonist and clarinetist Gustavo Firmenich also led his own group Tango Jazz Quartet which has already been six international tours throughout Europe, the USA, South Africa, China and Hong Kong over a period of six years.

Tickets £10 on the door or online

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