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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, November 27, 2017

Darlington Jazz Club Jam Session @ Quakerhouse - November 26

Shaune Eland (trumpet), Alan Thompson (tenor saxophone), Steve McGarvie (keyboards), Alan Smith (bass) & Stephen Fletcher (drums) + Ray Johnson (flugelhorn), Rick Laughlin (keyboards) & Beth Roberts (alto saxophone)
(Review by Russell)
Darlington Jazz Club meets twice monthly, usually at the Quakerhouse pub in Mechanics’ Yard, usually featuring an invited band. Occasionally there is an all-comers jam session. This was one such occasion. A pint of Bear Ass from Cheshire’s Beartown Brewery, selected from a tempting, tip-top range of beers, then upstairs to be greeted, as ever, by Beth Roberts ‘doing the door’.
The house band – effectively the Jazztones – kicked off with Lee Morgan’s Tom Cat. Trumpeter Shaune Eland led a round of solos, followed by tenor man Alan Thompson, then a bluesy Steve McGarvie. Bernie's Tune heard solos from all concerned before Eland stepped aside to allow the first of the sitters-in to have a blow. Ray Johnson played flugelhorn on three or four numbers, the pick being Beautiful Love, with Rick Laughlin on keyboards.

Alto saxophonist Beth Roberts, done with door duties, attended to the all-important interval raffle. The second set featured Ms Roberts. Work Song for starters, as sixth former Roberts lead off in fine style, obliging Eland and company to up their game. Roberts thought she was done. What? One tune? No way! The Quakerhouse audience wanted to hear more. Roberts called Ladybird. Thompson stood down with Ray Johnson back on the stand. Once again Roberts set a standard that the boys in the band did their best to match. The early evening jam session ended with all on the stand blowing on Black Orpheus.    
Russell     

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